Mother’s Day is OK so long as you’re safe
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.
LEADERS: Professor Nicola Spurrier with Premier Steven Marshall yesterday.