25 July 2021
Today I am pleased to share that there are only two new COVID-19 cases in South Australia, linked to the Modbury cluster, and one new case which is a returned traveller. This brings our total cases to 18 for the current cluster.
The Premier has advised that we are in a very good position for the lockdown to end as planned on Tuesday evening. The transmission committee will be meeting this afternoon and tomorrow to plan our next steps, looking at a range of scenarios to help get people back to work as safely as possible. We have been told that it will be a stepped approach as we don't want to go too fast, too soon and risk any further lockdowns.
Once again I would like to remind you that SA Health continues to identify additional exposure locations and update the tiers of exposure sites, so please check the SA Health contact tracing website for the latest advice.
Yesterday was another huge testing day for SA Pathology with 23,719 tests processed. I am pleased to advise that wait times have significantly reduced again.
I would like to once again acknowledge SA Pathology and CALHN staff, along with the security and traffic management contractors who have been working hard during some horrendous weather conditions over the last few days. You are doing a fantastic job in some very difficult circumstances and we appreciate your work in helping our community.
Due to the weather closing some of the drive-through clinics and in an effort to help meet demand, the new Mile End Netball Stadium COVID-19 walk-in testing site has begun operating 24/7 until further notice.
There is also now an online booking system for the Ridgehaven Waterworld COVID-19 drive-through testing clinic which is accessible on the SA Health Testing for COVID-19 page. The booking system will be expanded tomorrow to include The Repat drive-through clinic.
Don’t forget if you are a CALHN staff member and have symptoms, or have been directed to quarantine due to an exposure site, you are able to access a priority CALHN staff testing lane at the RAH testing clinic, open from 9 – 5pm each day.
If you would like to get your COVID-19 vaccination today - you can do so by attending the Wayville clinic which will be open
If the Wayville clinic isn’t convenient, we have arranged a number of places for staff to simply walk in to get their vaccine. No appointment is necessary. I strongly encourage you to take up this opportunity.
Vaccination in quarantine
If you are currently in quarantine, we have had it confirmed that people cannot leave quarantine to get a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and all appointments must be rescheduled.
The second dose of the Pfizer vaccine can be administered up to 42 days after the first dose, and the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine up to 12 weeks after the first dose. If possible, second dose appointments for those in quarantine should be rescheduled within this time frame.
Our preparedness and response
As a reminder, while we are in lockdown, visitors are only allowed on site for genuine carers (1 visitor per patient per day) or compassionate reasons. I understand that this may be hard as people do like to see their loved ones.
Today Kathryn Zeitz and I visited the staff within the 'COVID pathway'. This included the emergency department, 6GG
and an area of the ICU. We also visited the COVID testing clinic where by 12.30 had already seen close to 80 people
who were coming back for their second tests. We also spoke to the staff on the front door screening and would like to thank
the clinical areas for working so closely with them so that when visitors do come in, they know who to expect with little delay or confusion. Thank you.
I won't say say the 'Q' word but it was great to see a less congested hospital and staff taking the time to do their mandatory training. There were some questions in regard to the announcement about mandatory 'red zone' vaccinations and I am hoping that early this week we will be able to release more specific details. Thank you to those who stopped and spoke with us. You can certainly learn a lot about the way the hospital works outside of standard business hours!
To all of those who are working this weekend, thank you – we really appreciate it.
I will continue to keep you informed about any changes to our response and the COVID-19 situation, and our team will continue to update the information on the COVID-19 staff portal, our Workforce Facebook page as the situation evolves.
Chief Executive Officer
Central Adelaide Local Health Network