SA COVID cluster grows to 21 as AnglicareSA reports false positive in staff member – 4,000 people forced into quarantine

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South Australia recorded four new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, including a further case in an AnglicareSA aged care worker, bringing the total number of infected staff at its Brompton aged care home to three.

The state’s current outbreak is now sitting at 21 cases, with four new cases reported on Tuesday and 14 close contacts that are suspected positives, most children of confirmed cases.

There are now 34 active cases in South Australia, with the community transmission cases now genomically linked back to a traveller who arrived at the Peppers medi-hotel on 2 November – two weeks ago.

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier (pictured above) said the state has advised 4,000 close contacts of people who have tested positive for the virus to go into self-quarantine.

“These people have been advised to quarantine and they are being contacted on a daily basis for a symptom check,” she said. “This is a huge amount of work, as you can imagine to make sure that we are in regular contact with these people.”

Almost 11,000 South Australians have now been tested in the last 48 hours, she added.

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