South Australia Covid update as at 7 October 2022

COVID cases in SA

There have been 2,720 new cases of COVID-19 reported in South Australia in the past week.

As of 11:59pm Thursday 6 October, there were 1,864 active cases in South Australia and 45 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including three in ICU.

*Due to changes underway within hospital reporting systems, this week’s hospitalisation number is limited for one Local Health Network.

Of those hospitalised, 34 people had received three or more vaccine doses and 11 people were either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

There were nine COVID-19 deaths notified in the past week. These deaths may not have occurred in the week in which they were reported.

In addition, following a reconciliation of data received from Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) SA, SA Health has identified 84 people who tested positive for COVID-19 who passed away between 30 May 2022 and 14 September 2022, who have not been previously recorded. These deaths have been added to today’s report.

BDM data on deaths is provided on a monthly basis to the SA Health Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) who undertake a data reconciliation with case data, a process that has identified these additional deaths.

Of the total 93 deaths reported in today’s update, the ages range from people in their 50s to people over the age of 100, including six deaths in people aged under 70 years.

Due to a reconfiguration of the data, the total number of cases has been readjusted.

Total case breakdown

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New cases2,7203,104
Current active cases1,8642,181
Total cases772,083769,187
Total deaths1,027946

*12 deaths havebeen removed from the total due to deaths found to be unrelated to COVID-19

Variants

The latest genome sampling has found 6.1% of samples analysed were BA.4 and 90.4% of samples analysed were BA.5 or related variant.

COVID testing

In the past week, 15,973 people received a PCR test in South Australia, a 17% decrease on the previous week. Of the test results returned, 1,236 PCR tests were positive, while 1,484 positive Rapid Antigen Test results were reported.

Vaccination update

Currently 96.4% of eligible South Australians aged 12+ have received their first dose of the vaccine and 94.5% have received their second dose. Boosters havebeen administered to 75.2% of eligible South Australians and 71.2% of South Australiansaged 16+.

Latest COVID-19 testing changes

From Monday 3 October, the Aldinga drive-through testing clinic and RAT Collection Point will now be open from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm, seven days.

The Port Adelaide Mundy Street drive-through testing clinic and RAT Collection Point will now be open from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm, seven days.

You can also book an appointment for a COVID-19 test with your GP or at a GP Respiratory Clinic.

To find a testing clinic near you, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/covidtesting

Changes to SA COVID-19Information Line operating hours

From Saturday 8 October, the SA COVID-19 Information Line will update its operating hours to 9.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

If you test positive using a rapid antigen test, report your result using the online form on the SA Health website. If you need support reporting your result outside of these hours, call on the next business day.

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