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COVID-19 Bulletin - Commander update | 23 November 2020


4.30 pm 23 November 2020

Hi everyone,

Today it was confirmed that there is one new COVID-19 case linked to the Parafield Cluster with the person having been in quarantine.

With the news that there has been no new community transmission, and as the restrictions have started to ease, we are planning for a gradual recommencement of some elective surgery this week.

However, our focus very much remains on decompressing our sites which includes ensuring non-essential staff continue to work from home unless instructed by their manager and continuing the use of telehealth for outpatient appointments.

We will let you know when staff and services can return to our sites.

Central COVID-19 live stream - Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 2pm

Join Lesley Dwyer CEO and the IMT for another COVID-19 live stream tomorrow at 2pm via Zoom. You will not need to register to attend. Please click the button below to join the webinar and enter the passcode 393pxq

Webinar ID: 912 9320 4243 Passcode: 374413


As healthcare workers it is important that we lead by example and therefore staff are to continue to wear masks on all CALHN sites where can they cannot physically distance.


Until otherwise advised, visitors are unable to attend CALHN sites unless it is prearranged and they are here for compassionate reasons or are essential to care.

If permission has been granted for a visitor to come onsite, please ensure you let the front door screening staff know.

All visitors are to wear a level 1 surgical mask.

This requirement is under regular review and subject to change. It is likely any change will lessen this restriction. As soon as this is confirmed, we will provide details and update signage.


Contractors have been approved to return to site, however are to wear a Level 1 surgical mask when they cannot physically distance and maintain a contact log.

A digital approach to public health screening at the RAH

As Lesley mentioned in her message on Friday a new digitally enhanced front door screening process will be in place at the RAH this week to support our public health screening and enable contact tracing (should it be needed). The new screening is in place for visitors from today and will commence for staff from Wednesday using the ‘Sine Pro App’.

Visitors Any visitors coming through the main entrance on level 3 are asked to check in by entering their details and completing the COVID-19 screening questionnaire at one of the digital kiosks. A visitor badge sticker will be printed to for them to wear during their visit.

Staff To simplify the screening process for our workforce, staff are asked to download the Sine Pro app and check in and out of the building at your usual entrance by scanning the QR code.

Before each check in, staff will be able to electronically complete the COVID-19 screening questions.

In summary you are asked to:

  • download the Sine Pro app and register your details
  • scan the QR code at your usual entrance
  • complete the COVID-19 screening questions
  • scan the QR code at your usual exit (if location service are switched on, on your phone, this will happen automatically).

Staff who do not have a smartphone or who do not want to download the app can check-in using one of the designated staff check-in iPad kiosks currently located near the level 3 main entrance.

There will be information at entrances and screening staff will remain in place while the new system is implemented.

For more information visit the CALHN COVID-19 staff portal and look under FAQ 'What is the new digital check-in and screening process'

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we implement this system.

It goes without saying, please continue to remain vigilant and not attend work if you are unwell, and ensure that you follow the directions if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the screening questions.

Suspension of tests in the Microbiology Infectious Diseases Directorate

Due to the demand for COVID-19 testing, SA Pathology has suspended the following tests to release staff, consumables and reagents to concentrate on SARS-CoV-2 testing

  • all respiratory viral PCR (RVP) tests from hospitalised or community patients for influenza, parainfluenza, RSV and the four other respiratory pathogens in the multiplex panel;
  • all enteric molecular tests for bacterial, viral & parasitic infections (including for C. difficile);
  • all MRSA screening at RAH, TQEH, Modbury and LMH;
  • VRE screening;
  • screening for carbapenemase-resistant Enterobacterales (CRE)

Contact the on-call clinical microbiology consultant (8222 3000) if there are any queries regarding the suspension of these services.

Commander responsibilities

From tomorrow, David Naughton will be stepping into the role of Commander until the end of the week.

If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 response, please see our CALHN COVID-19 staff portal or email the NICC at

Kathryn Zeitz
CALHN COVID-19 Commander

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