Health authorities have issued an urgent plea for Adelaide residents to get tested after it was revealed an infected man breached quarantine.
The man in his 30s visited the Intensive English Language Institute at Flinders University Sturt Campus, with South Australia’s chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier saying it was “critical” people responded to the cluster update.
It’s believed the man had quarantined for a number of days but then broke strict health instructions and visited a number of sites in Adelaide in the past few days.
Professor Spurrier told reporters on Sunday afternoon the breach was “distressing and disappointing” and had created a “significant risk” to the state’s containment of the deadly virus.
“When I spoke yesterday, my initial understanding was that the case was in quarantine and certainly they were considered a casual contact at the Intensive English Language Institute,” Prof Spurrier said on Sunday.
“Unfortunately, they did not spend the whole time in quarantine and at one point were out and about on a day and I need to let people know of some places of concern.
“We want you to get tested immediately even if you have no symptoms.”
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Anyone who attended the campus and three retail venues across the city at a specific time period is being urged to seek a test and immediately quarantine.
These sites include:
· Flinders University Sturt Campus, November 13-28
· Big W Brickworks, November 22, 12.15-12.50pm
· Foodland Norwood, November 22, 1.20-2pm
· Kmart Kurralta Park, November 22, 2.45-3.10pm
South Australia recorded no new cases on Sunday after adding another two on Saturday.
“Those four locations, we are considering at high risk, and we want anyone who’s been there at those times and dates to get tested,” Prof Spurrier said.
“It has, quite frankly, posed a very significant risk for us in South Australia. We had enjoyed more or less eliminating this virus for several months.”
Pop-up testing clinics will be operating on Sunday at Big W Brickworks and Kmart Kurralta Park.