On Tuesday, hours after confirming that South Australia had no new cases of COVID-19 able to be linked to the Parafield cluster, health authorities made a revision.
A husband and wife who had recently returned to Australia and were initially thought to have contracted the virus while overseas were revealed to be linked to the Parafield cluster.
Instead, genetic tesing revealed that the pair had become infected while in isolation, with questions now being asked about how much contact is occurring in the state’s medi-hotels.
As a precaution, Dr Nicola Spurrier announced that all hotel staff will again be tested for the virus, although she is confident that we will not see further spread from within the quarantine hotels.
“We think that this is just being abundantly cautious. We don’t expect to have any more positives,” Professor Spurrier said on Tuesday.
The level of testing of staff working in Adelaide’s quarantine facilities has been an ongoing question since the growing cluster was first linked back to a cleaner at a Waymouth Street medi-hotel. Until now, staff working at the facilities would only be subject to COVID-19 testing when they were experiencing symptoms of the deadly virus.
While mandatory and regular COVID-19 testing of staff, contractors, police, SA Health officials and defence force personnel came into effect on Wednesday morning, questions about how the virus is spreading within facilities remain.
Health authorities will now study CCTV footage from the Peppers Hotel in an attempt to understand if there was a breach in protocol that allowed the married couple to come into contact with infectious worker or another person in quarantine.
The revision took the number of cases in the cluster to 29 in total, however, the total number of active cases within South Australia remains unchanged from Tuesday’s morning press conference.