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New Adelaide exposure sites after another positive case

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Adelaide Airport and a city apartment building have been declared exposure sites after a mine worker flew into Adelaide on Sunday before testing positive to COVID-19.

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Chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said yesterday afternoon that the woman in her 30s, an essential mine worker, arrived on Jetstar Flight JQ778 at 5.50pm Sunday.

Spurrier said the woman was wearing a mask and moved quickly through the airport before getting into a taxi and going to the Quest King William South apartments for her 14-day quarantine period.

Adelaide Airport. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDailyFollowing her positive COVID test yesterday she was moved to Tom’s Court medi-hotel.

“This person is clearly very infectious,” Spurrier said of the woman’s test results.

SA Health has identified two “Tier One” exposure sites, meaning anyone there at the affected time will need to quarantine and be tested.

They are:

The whole of the Jetstar flight including passengers and crew.
The reception area of the Quest Apartments at 379 King William St from 6.15 to 7pm last night.
Adelaide Airport is a “tier 4” exposure site: anyone who was there from 5.30pm to 6.20pm on Sunday should monitor for symptoms and get tested if any develop.

“Unfortunately we have got a taxi driver who we’ve contacted this morning who will be required to quarantine,” Spurrier said.

“And then there’s also the front of house person at the Quest Hotel that is going to need to quarantine.

“We will be looking at CCTV footage and making a determination about any other close contacts.

“Despite the fact that she is really quite infectious she’s only been in our state for a short period of time so we have got time to get on top of this but unfortunately it does mean a quarantine period for a number of South Australians.”

Spurrier said that people coming in from Victoria would have already needed to quarantine anyway “but we will be looking very closely at the quarantine arrangements of anybody that was on that flight”.

It comes after a truck driver in his 20s, and his co-driver in his 40s, also tested positive on the weekend.

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