The woman, aged in her 30s, flew into the city on Jetstar Flight JQ788 at 4pm on Sunday from Melbourne.
Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said the woman, who was “clearly infectious”, did all the “right things” including wearing a mask, walking “rapidly” through the airport. She had only recently become sick.
“Despite the fact that she is really quite infectious she’s only been in our state for a short period of time, so we have got time to get on top of this,” she said during a press conference.
“But unfortunately it does mean a quarantine period for a number of South Australians.”
A FIFO worker from Melbourne tested positive after flying into Adelaide. Two people who had close contact with the miner have been sent into two weeks of hotel quarantine. Picture: Getty Images
A hotel worker, a taxi driver and the FIFO miner have now been sent into two weeks hotel quarantine.
Three new exposure sites have been listed with any passengers and hotel guests urged to monitor for symptoms and get tested at the first sign of illness.
Adelaide Airport, 1 James Schofield Dr – Sunday October 10 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Quest King William South (Reception only), 379 King William St, Adelaide – Sunday October 10 at 6:15pm to 7pm
Jetstar Flight JQ778 Melbourne to Adelaide – Sunday October 10 at 4pm to 5:50pm
SA Exposure Sites
Contact tracers will examine CCTV from the airport and hotel to determine if there are any further close contacts.
Prof Spurrier advised “rapid antigen” testing will be introduced to the airport in coming days.
She could not provide further details on the mine or how many passengers from the flight would need to go into isolation.
Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier has urged South Australians to get vaccinated following a number of cases in recent days. Picture: Getty Images
The Chief Public Health Officer stressed she wanted to avoid a pandemic of the unvaccinated.
“The most important thing you can do as a South Australian, is just to get your COVID vaccination,” she said.
The latest scare comes after a truck driver tested positive and reportedly passed on the highly infectious virus to his co-driver, and a foreign traveller in her 30s.