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Thursday 2 December 2021

This is an archived Newsletter. The information may be outdated.

For the latest COVID-19 information, please refer to the SA Government COVID-19 website.

First cases of community transmission

Dear sector colleagues,

SA Health yesterday announced that South Australia has recorded its first cases of COVID-19 acquired in the community since the re-opening of our borders to all states and territories on 23 November 2021.

In the past when we have had community transmission of COVID the State has responded with state-wide lockdowns and tightening of restrictions.

Now that South Australia has reached the milestone of 80% of our eligible population aged 12+ years double vaccinated, and the South Australian COVID-Ready Plan has come into operation, the state will no longer enter lockdown in response to positive cases.

This is part of the strategy adopted by the South Australian Government, based on highly expert advice from independent academics from the University of Adelaide who are part of the Doherty Institute Network, which allows for the controlled entry of COVID-19 into our communities.

For almost two years we have all focused on containing the spread of COVID.

For many it may be a challenging shift in mindset to be responding to outbreaks of COVID-19 in the way we now are, when our natural instinct is to ‘lock down’ and restrict our movements. However, there are still many things we can do that will help to slow the spread of the virus to reduce the impact on individuals, communities and our health system.

What action should I take?

  1. First and foremost- if you are not already vaccinated, make an appointment today. COVID-19 is now circulating in our community, and vaccination is the most effective tool in our public health toolkit to minimise the spread of COVID and to reduce the severity of your symptoms if you do get sick.
  2. Check the SA Health contact tracing and exposure locations every day. The SA Health website is updated frequently, and you can easily sort locations by suburb, date added and health advice. It’s up to each and every one of us to keep informed and be responsible for knowing if we have been to an exposure location. With a new case confirmed last night, it is expected that new locations will be added throughout the day.
  3. Follow the health advice even if you don’t receive a call, SMS or email from SA Health. As positive cases increase, SA Health will not always be in touch directly with contacts. Anyone who was at an exposure location must still follow the health advice regarding testing and isolating (based on what kind of contact you are and your vaccination status). Further information about quarantine and testing requirements for casual and close contacts can be found on SA Health’s contact tracing website.
  4. Keep wearing masks, maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres, practice good hygiene practices, use the QR check-in, and follow density limits.
  5. Get tested and self-isolate if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, and self-isolate until you have received a negative result. Staff who are unwell should not attend worksites.

Together we can work to keep the South Australian community, our clients and colleagues safe at this time.

More information on COVID-19 in South Australia

Best regards,

Lois Boswell
Chief Executive

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