COVID-19 Trusted Sources of Information for South Australians
Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall, has recently posted where you can find trusted sources about COVID-19 for South Australia:
Information about the coronavirus has been spreading rapidly around the internet. It is important to know where you can find trusted sources of information online and not just rumours and myths.
The SA government has recently released a website dedicated to reliable information about COVID-19 related to South Australia.
Website: covid-19.sa.gov.au | CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
There has also been confusion over whether restrictions imposed by the Federal Government apply in South Australia.
The South Australian Police have summarised this to help clarify the situation.
Every Australian state, and every police organisation, has different laws, rules and regulations.
That is why, for example, road rules and fines are slightly different in each state. This is also why double demerits exist in some states and not others.
This means when you see the media reporting on one incident in one state, it does not necessarily mean it is law in South Australia.
If you see the media reporting on something “police” are enforcing, please pay attention to which police organisation they are specifically talking about, as the use of “police” is a broad term and it very rarely includes every Australian police organisation.
When you see the Prime Minister publicly talking about COVID-19 in a national press conference, his recommendations and advice should always be taken on board by the general public as it is vital in helping put a stop to COVID-19 in this country.
However, when the Prime Minister makes recommendations to the states about restriction guidelines relating to COVID-19, each state must then consider how those recommendations will be applied. They are not enforceable in South Australia until the State Coordinator, Commissioner Grant Stevens, enacts a Direction.
So what rules and restrictions do South Australians have to follow?
In South Australia, when the State Coordinator, Commissioner Grant Stevens, enacts a Direction, it must be followed by everyone living in, and entering, South Australia.
A Direction is a legal document and it is enforceable by law. Various penalties apply for breaching a Direction.
There are multiple Directions currently in place in South Australia. We publicly publish information about all of them on our social media channels and SA Police website. We also send this information to media outlets.
All South Australians are urged to become familiar with the current Directions because they apply directly.
South Australian Directions
Website: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations | CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
There are also some other places you can find trustworthy information:
Check Your Symptoms:
Website: healthdirect.gov.au | CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
Website: health.gov.au | CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
Fact Sheets & Your Questions Answered:
Website: health.gov.au | CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
Local Updates & Information:
Website: sahealth.gov.au | CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
The Latest Travel Advice:
Website: smarttraveller.gov.au | CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
SA COVID-19 Information Line | Ph: 1800 253 787 | Offers local information and advice on general COVID-19 information for South Australians.
Communicable Disease Branch line | Ph: 1300 232 272 | Provides information on immunisations and from medical officers.
SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line | Ph: 1800 632 753 | Provides mental health support for people surrounding COVID-19. It is available to people to maintain their mental health and wellbeing.
COVID-19 Relief Call Centre | Ph: 1300 705 336 | Provides information and assistance with such things personal hardship support, accommodation support for people unable to achieve self-quarantining and accommodation for emergency services personnel that are required to quarantine but unable to do so at home. People can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450
If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech or communication impairment, contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.
COVID-19 Heat Maps for Cases in SA:
Heat maps that identify confirmed COVID-19 cases across metropolitan and regional South Australia since 1 February are now available.
While these maps show residences of confirmed and recovered cases, it is important to remember that most of these have been acquired overseas or interstate, or from close contact with a confirmed case from overseas or interstate.
Positive cases remain in self-quarantine in their home with support from Home Hospital or within one of our dedicated COVID-19 hospital units, until they are cleared of the virus.
These maps will be updated on a daily basis to depict additional cases across the state.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Steven Marshall Facebook page.
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image Source: SA Premier Steven Marshall Facebook page
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