South Australia - one new case of COVID-19

South Australia has one new case of COVID-19 as of Thursday afternoon, May 6, after a fortnight with no reported incidents.

The state tally stands at 439 with two active cases, which includes the latest case.

Two people remain in hospital recovering from the effects of COVID-19, however they are no longer infectious.

The state's death toll stands at four people from the 439 confirmed cases with 432 people (98 per cent) having recovered from the virus.

There have been 65,167 tests conducted across the state.

Any person who is feeling sick or ill with fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms); an acute respiratory infection e.g. symptoms of cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath; or loss of taste or loss of smell.

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The latest case is a man aged in his 70s, who arrived from overseas in late March, and it is reported his only symptoms were a loss of taste and smell.

Five close contacts are isolating and being monitored daily for symptoms.

SA chief medical officer Professor Nicola Spurrier has said medical officers were certain the man contracted the virus while overseas and he was unlikely to be infectious at this stage.

"In terms of any danger to the community, I think that is very low," she said.

Later today the National Cabinet will meet to discuss plans to ease some restrictions, such as group gatherings at funerals, weddings and at family homes.

It is said to be part of a three-stage plan on easing restrictions - but when these will take place is up to officials in each state.

Mother's Day

Prof Spurrier said families can celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday as long as the standing restrictions apply. There can be no more than 10 people at the gathering and they most practice social distancing and have room to not exceed the requirement of one person per four square metres.

Regional Centres

In South Australia there are no active cases in regional council areas.

Eased restrictions 

Playgrounds - Can be reopened by councils, check with your local council for information

Elective surgery - Ban has been lifted on some procedures

Travel - No restrictions on travel within SA but any non-essential travel within the state is discouraged.

Gatherings - Prohibited gathering of more than 10 persons. Social distancing remains unchanged and everyone must make every effort to keep 1.5 metres away from each other and not exceed the density requirement of one person per four square metres.

Information

COVIDSafe

South Australians are being encouraged to download the Federal Government's COVIDSafe app. The voluntary app will help SA Health's contact tracing team to quickly find close contacts of COVID-19 cases and alert those who may need to quarantine or get tested. The app uses mobile phone technology to automate and improve contact tracing and the more people who use the app, the more effective it will be.

Prescription medication

Until September 30, measures have been put in place for pharmacists to supply prescription medicines to South Australians through a digital image-based prescription with special arrangements by health professionals.

Support Services

Covid-19 health information for South Australians

Information for individuals and businesses in South Australia

Information and advice from an Australia wide perspective

  • SA COVID-19 Information Line - 1800 253 787

Mental health support

  • SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line - 1800 632 753

Information and assistance

Welfare checks

  • Red Cross Telecross REDi service - 1800 188 071
This story SA regional virus update: Friday, May 8 first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.