Mother of Mount Gambier tests positive Covid after returning home from regional Victoria

Cross-border bubble rules in SA have tightened after a mother of four in Mt Gambier contracted Covid in regional Victoria.

A woman who returned to Mount Gambier from regional Victoria has tested positive for Covid and has been taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with severe symptoms.

The woman – who has four teenagers – developed symptoms on Sept. 26, came home on Oct. 1 and underwent a test at a drive-through clinic.

She returned home and didn’t go anywhere else, chief public health officer Nicola Spurrier said.

When her test was positive, she was taken to the RAH with “quite a few respiratory symptoms,” Prof. Spurrier said.

Her four children – aged between 13 and 18 – have also tested negative.

“We all hope she makes it, but she’s not doing very well at the moment,” said Professor Spurrier.

Her children have also been taken to Adelaide where they are in quarantine.

“There could be other close contacts, people who dropped things off at the house — we’re monitoring that, but our main concern is that she gets some health care.”

There are no exposure sites in SA yet, Professor Spurrier said, but the cross-border bubble has been reduced to 30km from 70km for at least a week because of the case.

Cross-border residents will also need to return a negative test to cross over to SA from later today — and later this week they will also need to have at least one vaccination, she said.

About 76 percent of eligible adults in Mt Gambier have had their first vaccination.

Prof Spurrier urged people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“This is a very big wake-up call for us. We keep getting business here, we’ve had truck drivers, a miner, a returning SA resident and now someone living in this border bubble.

“If you were told a tsunami was coming, you wouldn’t be standing on a beach, you would be running for the hills. Covid is coming (to ZA).

“I know a lot of people are concerned about the vaccination, but this is coming soon — we’re doing our best to keep it out of the state until vaccination rates are higher.”

There are 12 contacts from Saturday’s case, a woman in her thirties returning home to SA via Adelaide Airport.

The two contacts of a truck driver with Covid on Friday both returned negative tests, while 52 people are in quarantine after coming into contact with an infected truck driver.

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