South Australia - no new cases of COVID-19

South Australia has no active cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday afternoon, May 21, with no new reported incidents for 14 consecutive days.

The state tally stands at 439 with no one in hospital with the effects of COVID-19.

The state's death toll stands at four people from the 439 confirmed cases with 435 people (100 per cent) having recovered from the virus.

There have been 85,565 tests conducted across the state with 1485 people tested the previous day.

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 should have a test.

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SA Health has reported that the last patient recovering from COVID-19 in South Australia was given a guard of honour as he left the Royal Adelaide Hospital yesterday.

The man contracted the disease on the Ruby Princess and became so ill that he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and put into an induced coma and on a ventilator for about four weeks.

He is in good spirits now and very thankful for the care he received.

Stage 1

Stage one of South Australia's roadmap of easing of restrictions began on Monday, May 11. There will be three stages planned for the next three months. For a detailed update visit https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/

People are reminded that the ease of restrictions still means social distancing and good hygiene practices are a must to help with the movement through the three-step plan.

Eased restrictions 

Sport - Must be held outdoors, non-contact, maximum of 10 at any one time, minimise use of shared equipment and facilities, minimise unnecessary co-mingling, encourage good hygiene, offer hand sanitiser at entrance and exit, no more than more than one caregiver who is not partaking, ensure frequent environmental disinfection cleaning of the premises

Restaurants/cafes - Recommence seated dining in outdoor and indoor areas, proceed with limit to 1 person per four square metres with maximum of 10 in each area at any one time with a record kept of attendees, alcohol can be served; maintain and encourage good hygiene; offer hand sanitiser and ensure frequent environmental disinfection cleaning of the premises

Auctions/Open Inspections - Can proceed with limit to 1 person per four square metres with maximum of 10 at any one time, excluding staff; with a record kept of attendees

Community and youth centres - Can proceed with limit to 1 person per four square metres with maximum of 10 at any one time, no indoor sport or selling of food and beverages

Caravan/Camping grounds - Travel is encouraged, any gatherings on site limit to 1 person per four square metres with maximum of 10 at any one time, swimming pools or play equipment on site follow requirements that apply to public facilities

Funerals - maximum number of mourners is increased to 20 if a funeral is held indoors with limit to 1 person per four square metres , and 30 if it is held outdoors, keep record of attendees

Weddings/Worship - Can proceed with limit to 1 person per four square metres with maximum of 10 at any one time, excluding staff, for wedding, keep record of attendees

Public swimming pools - no more than 10 swimmers per pool (facilities may have more than one pool), lap swimming, limit of one swimmer per lane, communal showers and change rooms closed, no selling of food and beverages, no more than more than one caregiver who is not swimming

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

Elective surgery - Ban has been lifted on some procedures

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 - On The Road Back: Friday, May 22 first appeared on The Murray Valley Standard.