Mother’s Day is OK so long as you’re safe

The Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DREW HOUGH

FAM­I­LIES can cel­e­brate Mother’s Day in per­son if they keep so­cial dis­tanc­ing in groups fewer than 10 peo­ple, the state’s top pub­lic health doc­tor said yes­ter­day af­ter an­other day of zero new cases. Chief pub­lic health of­fi­cer, Pro­fes­sor Ni­cola Spurrier, pic­tured, im­plored peo­ple to use com­mon sense when meet­ing this week­end as she an­nounced South Aus­tralia’s to­tal num­ber of coro­n­avirus pa­tients had re­mained at 438 for 12 days.

She said re­stric­tions would now be lifted in the “most sen­si­ble way we can”.

FAM­I­LIES can cel­e­brate Mother’s Day in per­son if they keep so­cial dis­tanc­ing in groups fewer than 10 peo­ple, the state’s top pub­lic health doc­tor said yes­ter­day af­ter an­other day of zero new cases.

Chief pub­lic health of­fi­cer Pro­fes­sor Ni­cola Spurrier im­plored peo­ple to use com­mon sense when meet­ing this week­end as she an­nounced South Aus­tralia’s to­tal num­ber of coro­n­avirus pa­tients has re­mained at 438 for 12 days.

As she said re­stric­tions would be lifted in the “most sen­si­ble way we can”, she gave her bless­ing for fam­ily gath­er­ings on Sun­day but urged so­cial dis­tanc­ing and groups of no more than 10 peo­ple.

“If there are vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in your fam­ily, how­ever, and that might be an el­derly per­son, it is prob­a­bly bet­ter to con­tinue that so­cial dis­tanc­ing,” Prof Spurrier said.

“How­ever, you may have a very ro­bust and healthy grand­par­ent, or mother, who is ab­so­lutely fine to be vis­ited but you need to make those in­formed de­ci­sions on your own par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion.

“You might want to phone up mum and ask, you know, would you like us to visit or are you feel­ing com­fort­able about that?” She said a video call might be more suit­able but added “send­ing a bunch of flow­ers” was also im­por­tant.

“South Aus­tralians have had so much com­mon sense … and I don’t think peo­ple are go­ing to have any prob­lems this week­end work­ing out what is go­ing to be best for them and their loved ones,” she said. While 98 per cent of pa­tients are re­cov­ered, she said there were still seven Ade­laide ac­tive COVID-19 cases, three of whom are be­ing cared for at the Royal Ade­laide Hos­pi­tal.

More de­tailed heat maps were pub­lished yes­ter­day show­ing two pa­tients each live in the West Tor­rens Coun­cil, in the west­ern sub­urbs and an­other two within Burn­side Coun­cil, in Ade­laide’s east.

A fur­ther two north­ern sub­urbs cases are lo­cated in Sal­is­bury coun­cil area. The last con­ta­gious pa­tient lives in the north­east­ern sub­urbs within Camp­bell­town Coun­cil.

Au­thor­i­ties col­lect data over a 24-pe­riod from mid­night be­fore the re­sults are re­vealed each af­ter­noon.

Prof Spurrier said ran­dom checks of some clus­ter-linked pa­tients found an­ti­bod­ies, they had re­ported such “in­signif­i­cant” symp­toms. But she was not con­cerned au­thor­i­ties had missed cases.

She said more than 61,000 tests had oc­curred, but is­sued a fresh ap­peal for ill peo­ple with “even the mildest of symp­toms” to get tested.

The State Govern­ment will to­day an­nounce the Ade­laide­based Cheesman Ar­chi­tects will lead a de­sign team of the fast-tracked $11 mil­lion Flin­ders Med­i­cal Cen­tre emer­gency depart­ment up­grade.

Part of a wider $45.7 mil­lion over­haul, the project is ex­pected to be fin­ished mid next year.

Pic­ture: KELLY BARNES/ AAP

LEAD­ERS: Pro­fes­sor Ni­cola Spurrier with Premier Steven Marshall yes­ter­day.

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