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New COVID-19 Testing Blitz in SA

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A new Covid-19 testing blitz is being rolled out across South Australia this week.

While anyone with COVID-19, cold or flu-like symptoms is still urged to get tested, SA Health will be focusing on high risk groups, including health care workers, homeless people, residential aged care workers, truck drivers, prison inmates and seasonal workers.

Increasing testing will help to protect the community by identifying new cases quickly and preventing potential outbreaks.

So far, SA Pathology has undertaken more than 80,000 tests.

There are no active cases of COVID-19 in South Australia as of 18 May and 435 people have been cleared of the virus since the outbreak started.

One person is still in hospital recovering from the effects of COVID-19 and there have been four reported deaths.

SA Health said everyone must continue to follow measures that will help stop the spread including practicing good hygiene, keeping 1.5 metres distance from others and staying at home if you are unwell.

People experiencing any of the following should be tested for COVID-19:
• Fever or chills (in the absence of an alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
• An acute respiratory infection e.g. symptoms of cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath
• Loss of smell or the alteration in the sense of taste

Clinics around metropolitan Adelaide and in regional areas continue to operate, including in Mt Barker, Victor Harbor and Murray Bridge.

For more info on where to get tested, visit: https://bit.ly/2WGislS

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