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Australia Exposure site identified in South Australia

07:33  13 july  2021
07:33  13 july  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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South Australia will be easing further restrictions with south-east Queensland from midnight Friday, Premier Steven Marshall confirmed.

"We are still very concerned about the situation in NSW with 89 new local cases detected today," Mr Marshall said.

He said there are no immediate plans to ease restrictions with NSW or the ACT while case numbers remain high.

SA Health authorities are warning anyone who attended the Shell Service Station at Tailem Bend on Friday July, between 5.20pm and 7pm must get tested and isolate after removalists from NSW passed through the area.

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SA Premier Steven Marshall said two of the removalists have since tested positive and reiterated why QR Code check-ins were a must.

"At this stage there is no positive test for the third driver," Mr Marshall said.

He said while most people were using QR Code check-ins, there was evidence some who used the service station's facilities did not.


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Deputy chief health officer Dr Emily Kirkpatrick said the removalists were helping a Western Sydney family move and spent five hours at the family's McLaren Vale home.

"They did stop at a service station at Tailem Bend and that is a location of concern," Dr Kirkpatrick said.

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"It is really important if you were at that Shell petrol station between those times that you come forward for testing and self-isolate and await further instruction."

Dr Kirkpatrick also clarified that any family or household contacts to those who attended that venue should also be isolating.

"We are aware there were two workers at that location and one of those workers is symptomatic," she said.

Dr Kirkpatrick said health authorities can confirm there are no other locations at this stage which are exposure sites.

However, traffic data and CCTV arebeing analysed so the timeline on the removalists' movements can be mapped.

Dr Kirkpatrick said when one of the removalists was informed he was a close contact, he was already in South Australia and isolated in his truck.

She said although this man did isolate, his colleagues did venture into the Shell service station and one of those men have since tested positive.

"Of course the Delta variant is highly infectious – because we know these men did sit together in the same cabin and one of them is now infected there is a risk to those who attended that site."

"We know the SA community has been compliant with QR check-ins and we need them to keep up this good work."

Dr Kirkpatrick said authorities are contacting 18 people who checked in at the Shell petrol station during the exposure times, but there are some people, based off CCTV who did not check in.

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