Health officials yet to confirm Covid-19 in Port Augusta

Rumours of a suspected coronavirus case have been circulating in Port Augusta, following the first confirmed case in Whyalla earlier this week.

Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier fronted the media today to give an update on the 36 new Covid-19 cases in South Australia - the biggest 24-hour spike so far.

During the press conference, Dr Spurrier was asked if any of the new cases were located in Port Augusta.

"I haven't been given that information," was her response.

Dr Spurrier did however warn of the first potential community transmitted case, located regionally.

The news comes as eight staff and 110 students from Unley High School are now self-isolating after two cases of Covid-19 there last week

About 200 people are also self-isolating in Cummins after being exposed to Senator Rex Patrick, who has tested positive for the virus, at a grain meeting last week.

A dedicated Respiratory/ Virus (Covid-19) clinic recently opened in Port Augusta in response to the growing pandemic.

The clinic is for people who have Covid-19 symptoms (especially fever or cough) and have recently returned from overseas or have had contact with a known COVID-19 case.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said while this service is now available it's important that people understand they need to contact their local GP first, who will arrange an appointment if necessary.

"At this stage it's likely most GPs will only send you for a test if you're experiencing flu or cold like symptoms and have recently returned from overseas, or have been in direct contact with someone who is known to have contracted the virus," Mr Ramsey said.

If you think you are affected you are required to book into the service and will require a referral from a GP.

If you meet the above criteria and are not able to access a GP please call the Health Service to discuss your options, phone 86687786.

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