South Australian health authorities have identified several exposure sites including one in Adelaide’s north attended by a truck driver with COVID-19 who passed through the state twice while making a return trip from New South Wales to Western Australia.

The man in his 20s stopped at several locations in South Australia on September 15 and 16 before heading to Western Australia, and his case was revealed by WA health authorities earlier on Wednesday.

He came back through South Australia on September 18 before returning to New South Wales and testing positive for the virus.

Authorities say they are treating the case as infectious for each of the days he was in South Australia.

While WA’s Health Minister said the situation was “low risk”, SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said she was “particularly concerned” about locations where he stopped in the town of Penong on the far west coast.

“There were two exposures in Penong, once when this gentleman went out of the state and also when he came back,” Professor Spurrier said.

One of those is a shower block at the town, which the man attended on September 15, between 9:30pm and 11:20pm.

The man also attended the same site upon his return, on September 18, along with a Caltex service station, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

Both have been listed as tier 1 exposure sites.

“We are already a week from those original exposures so there’s a lot of work to do chasing up with people.”

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier addresses the media.

Professor Spurrier says contact tracing efforts are ongoing.ABC News

Professor Spurrier said a total of 10 sites had so far been identified, and that details would be posted on SA Health’s exposure site list.

Those sites include an On The Run service station and Hungry Jack’s outlet in Port Augusta, an Ampol outlet, and a Shell service station at the Border Village on the Eyre Highway, in the state’s far west.

The sites linked to the case, which also include a service station at Direk near Burton in Adelaide’s north, are as follows:

Site

Time

Advice

Men’s Shower Block,
Eyre Highway, Penong

Wednesday, September 15, 9:30pm — 11:20pm

Tier 1 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days with your household

Men’s Shower Block,
Eyre Highway, Penong

Saturday, September 18, 3:30am — 5:30am

Tier 1 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days with your household

Caltex, Eyre Highway, Penong

Saturday, September 18, 3:30am — 5:30am

Tier 1 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days with your household

Ampol Foodary,
2-6 Pilatus Dr (Cnr Heaslip Rd), Direk

Wednesday, September 15, 10:15am — 11:30am

Tier 2 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days

Port Augusta OTR (including Hungry Jack’s),
Augusta Highway and Northern Power Station Road, Port Augusta

Wednesday, September 15, 2:30pm — 4:40pm

Tier 2 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days

Caltex,
Eyre Highway, Penong

Wednesday, September 15, 10:30am — 12:30pm

Tier 2 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days

Shell Border Village,
Eyre Highway, Border Village

Thursday, September 16, 2:15am — 3:45am

Tier 2 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days

Shell Border Village,
Eyre Highway, Border Village

Saturday, September 18, 12:00am — 1:30am

Tier 2 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days

Golden Wattle Road House, 64 Eyre Highway, Wudinna

Saturday, September 18, 7:20am — 8:30am

Tier 2 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days

BP Port Augusta Truckstop,
7 Ritma Road, Augusta Highway, Port Augusta

Saturday, September 18, 3:45pm — 5:45pm

Tier 2 — Get tested immediately and quarantine for 14 days

“This freight driver had had one dose of vaccine a couple of weeks before this trip. One dose doesn’t stop you from getting the disease and even if you’ve had two doses, it does reduce your risk of getting the disease but not at 100 per cent,” Professor Spurrier said.

“We’ll have to see how things pan out over the next 24 hours. I can’t even tell you how many people we have in quarantine yet because we haven’t been able to collate any of those numbers as we’re right in the middle of this investigation.”

The man, who has been interviewed by health teams in SA and WA, was travelling with a co-driver, who has tested negative.

“By the sounds of things, they were wearing masks,” Professor Spurrier said.

“The disease is going to come to our state. It’s inevitable.

“Vaccination is one part of our plan to deal with the pandemic as it comes to our state. We also need to have our public health restrictions in place and we also need to have good contact tracing and that means the community needs to remember to QR check-in.”

Extracted in full from: Petrol stations among SA exposure sites attended by truck driver with COVID-19 – ABC News

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