Authorities are now saying that a man who visited several stores before testing positive for coronavirus did not breach quarantine as he was an occasional contact and not under a quarantine order

SA Health continues to urge people to quarantine and get tested if they have been in any of a number of locations visited by the man, who is over 30 years old and who died Jan. November went shopping infectiously

These include the Big W at the Brickworks mall in Torrensville, the Sturt campus at Flinders University, the Foodland supermarket in Norwood, and Kmart at the Kurralta Park mall

South Australia did not register any new cases of COVID-19 today, with the number of cases associated with the Parafield cluster remaining at 33

This morning Emily Kirkpatrick, assistant director of public health, said the man should be “on the first and the 12th Quarantined day and testing done “which he did

“Of course, on his 12th Day found that he was actually positive, “she said

“If you have this negative test on day one, it doesn’t mean you can be out in the community”

But this afternoon she said the man was “not directed to go into quarantine” and instead to watch for coronavirus symptoms

“What he was advised on the 1st and 12th Day to do tests and isolate and when he has symptoms to get tested, “she said

“For this particular cluster we did not require that they enter a specified, prescribed quarantine period as random contacts in accordance with the Emergency Management Act

Nicola Spurrier, Chief Public Health Officer, also described yesterday that the man is in quarantine

The man had attended the Intensive English Learning Institute, which is located on the Sturt campus of Flinders University

After returning a positive COVID-19 test result, he and his close contacts were taken to a Medi-Hotel

More than 4200 coronavirus tests were conducted in South Australia yesterday, and a popup site near the Thebarton Community Center will remain open through Friday

Dr Kirkpatrick said SA Health worked with multicultural communities to get proper information about quarantine and self-isolation

“We have worked very closely with the university campus and also with various community stakeholders to make sure we get this message out, as this can understandably be confusing for some people,” she said

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said the Victorian border would reopen fully tomorrow, although people still have to fill out a form before they can get to South Australia

Some other restrictions, e.g. B. for house meetings, should be on 14 November to be repealed

He said the mySA GOV app is well on its way to being updated by midnight to include a feature to scan QR codes in businesses and other venues

Venues with a COVID-safe plan will need to display the codes for check-in as well as a paper alternative starting tomorrow

Retailers expressed frustration with the impact of the man’s itinerary, saying the fact that he visited so many stores while contagious had “massive effects”

“There were 70 people working in that store in Norwood [Foodland] on Sunday,” said Colin Shearing of the SA Independent Retailers Group

“They have all been asked to go home, get tested and wait in quarantine until they get a negative result”

Professor Clare Pollock, Deputy Vice Chancellor at Flinders, said the Sturt campus had undergone a thorough clean

“We would probably have about 200 staff and students who would have been in this field during that period,” said Professor Pollock

“We communicated with all of our staff and students over the weekend just in case other staff or students were in this location during that two week period

“We’re going to keep this campus area closed until Wednesday to make sure we’ve got everything covered”

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