ADELAIDE, Australia: Long queues of people at testing sites across South Australia with waiting times currently sitting at three hours were witnessed as five new cases of Covid-19 were detected.
Some people arrived at the Parafield testing site at 5:00am AEDST to secure their place in line, ready for another mammoth day of testing.
The overwhelming number of people queuing to get tested has prompted authorities to advise South Australians not to get tested unless they are showing symptoms or have been instructed to.
Meanwhile, anyone who ate pizza from a single restaurant in Adelaide over the last two weeks is being told to immediately isolate and seek a coronavirus test as authorities race to contain the new outbreak across the state.
SA Health has linked more than a dozen schools, supermarkets, cafes and hotels to its growing outbreak after confirming five new cases yesterday.
Those customers “must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days and seek testing. This includes people who live with you,” SA Health authorities said.
One of the new infections is linked to the Anglicare aged care facility in Brompton while the other three are family members of a security guard at Peppers medi-hotel in the Adelaide CBD.
The fifth case and its source is under investigation.
A total of 20 cases are now linked to the cluster, but another 14 people have been deemed “high-risk” and may return positive results.
The ages of South Australia’s new coronavirus cases range from in their teens to in their 50s and all of them have very mild symptoms or none at all.
Thousands of South Australians have been tested in the last 24 hours with most people waiting hours in long lines.
⚠️COVID-19 Health Alert 17 Nov 2020 (11.59pm)⚠️
Anyone who visited or got takeaway (incl. delivery) from the Woodville Pizza Bar on 6 – 16 Nov must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days & seek testing. This includes people who live with you.
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— SA Health (@SAHealth) November 17, 2020
About 4000 people, who are close contacts of confirmed or suspected South Australian coronavirus cases, are now in quarantine.
Chief Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said they are being contacted on a daily basis for a symptom check.
“This is a huge amount of work to make sure we are in regular contact with these people,” she said.
New health advice has been issued for people who visited The Aquadome at Elizabeth.
Anyone who was at The Aquadome between 11:00am and 1:30pm on Saturday, November 14 is being asked to quarantine for 14 days and get tested immediately.
“We think that the exposure was more significant and we want those people to get into quarantine immediately,” Professor Spurrier said.
“Obviously we will be chasing up with The Aquadome to see if we can get direct contact details but this is an early warning to those people.”
Five schools have now been closed in Adelaide due to coronavirus concerns.
The Roma Mitchell College has been forced to close along with Mawson Lakes Primary School and Preschool, Thomas More College, the Holy Family Catholic School and Mount Carmel College.
“Some closures may be longer than others and it really depends on when we get the interviews through and get more information, then we can make a determination,” Professor Spurrier said.