Wednesday, July 21, 2021, marks the first day of South Australia’s seven-day lockdown with 12 new cases being discovered after yesterday’s extensive queues for swab testing. (Image source: Alina Eacott via ABC News)
By Crissalen Jumamoy I @Crissalen_
On South Australia’s first day under new lockdown restrictions, 12 new cases were announced and the high volume of traffic at testing sites was discussed across today’s COVID-19 press conferences.
South Australia currently has 12 active cases. As of the first press conference at 11am the number of active cases were six. A second conference was held at 4:30pm in the afternoon after six more tested positive for the virus. The six new cases that were announced are in the process of being interviewed and transferred to quarantine at the Tom’s Court Hotel facility.
It is advised to frequently check SA health’s website for exposure locations since it is the most timely and frequently updated resource. The number of exposure sites are now close to 60. The recently announced sites include locations in:
- Para Hills West
- Salisbury Downs
- Tea Tree Gully
SA Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier announced that a second high-risk exposure site, Tenafeate Creek Wines at Yattalunga, has been identified along with The Greek on Halifax. The exposure time was Sunday, July 18 between 1:45pm to 4:30pm. Five of the new cases contracted the virus from the winery, they are a woman and man in their 50s, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 40s and a woman in her 80s.
“The Greek on Halifax and the winery are examples of super spreading events… it’s very serious and I am concerned,” says Professor Nicola Spurrier.
If you have identified that you have been at an exposure location, it is advised to immediately get tested or follow the instructions given by SA Health through SMS contact tracing.
“If you receive an SMS from SA Health that is a direction from an authorised officer, and you must comply,” SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens says.
During today’s press conference, discussion arose about the long queues that occurred for swab testing on July 20. The Victoria Park testing site had a record breaking 45 per cent more tests conducted than their previous record.
Premier Steven Marshall apologised for the long queues but emphasised that there are 86 testing sites in South Australia.
“We don’t want people frustrated and angry with delays, we want people to go to their closest one and have a smooth process,” he says.
The community can do this by visiting the SA health website and using their own postcode to find the testing site closest to them.
With the seven-day lockdown, it was announced that financial support will be given through a $100 million support package for both metropolitan and regional area businesses.
“We massively broaden the range of businesses that might be entitled to this particular grant… If you’re COVID impacted, then you’re entitled to be considered for the grant,” Treasurer Rob Lucas says
7News further reports the payments will be provided to those businesses where turnover is reduced by at least 30 per cent over the lockdown period.
This has come after South Australians joined the national conversation about support payments, as others across Victoria and New South Wales have been expressing concerns on social media regarding the survival of businesses and individuals if these lockdowns continue.
Premier Steven Marshall has encouraged South Australians that are eligible to get vaccinated, stressing that 700 appointments are available at the Noarlunga and Elizabeth clinic alone for the next seven days.
“If you are eligible for the vaccination, please roll up the sleeve, do the right thing and get vaccinated, that’s our pathway out,” he says