All South Australians with cold or flu symptoms will be able to access COVID-19 testing as part of a two-week testing blitz from 16 April to 30 April 2020.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath, you can be tested for COVID-19 as part of the blitz.
In the press conference on 15 April 2020, it was indicated that our low case numbers in recent days means SA Health have an opportunity and the capacity now to test a broader section of the community. This will provide important data which will be useful for future planning by SA Health and the government. It’s important to note that South Australia already has the highest rate of testing (per capita) compared to any other state or territory in Australia and compared to most countries in the world with over 37,500 tested so far.
Dr Nicola Spurrier said the testing would help individuals “to be reassured in terms of looking after your family and your community.”
Patients who meet the following clinical criteria can be tested for COVID-19:
Fever OR chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
An acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, runny nose or shortness of breath)
In addition, Qantas staff members (Adelaide Airport) who have worked in certain in areas of the airport should get tested, even if they do not have any symptoms.
See the media release from SA Health here.
Go to the SA Health website here for more info.
Watch the press conference on 15 April 2020 here:
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