SA Health updates exposure sites after almost a week, Dog and Duck nightclub listed

SA Health’s list of exposure locations has grown – almost a week after its last update – and a nightclub on Hindley Street has been added to the list.

Important points:

  • Three locations have been added to SA Health’s list of exposure locations, including the Dog and Duck nightclub
  • The table of exposure sites has not been updated for almost a week
  • The SA objection criticized the delays, saying the contact tracing was clearly not “up to date”.

Late on Sunday evening, SA Health added three places of close contact, including the Dog and Duck nightclub between 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on New Years Eve.

The Exchange Hotel in Gawler was also listed as exposed on Sunday evening – a week after a case was in the hotel.

The third location was the West Augusta Football Club gym in Port Augusta, which was exposed at different times between December 28 and December 30.

The dog and duck had promoted their New Years Eve celebrations by looking at the current limits at house gatherings.

“Hindley Street is open, why party with 10 buddies when you can party with hundreds?” the nightclub posted on social media.

The Dog and Duck Facebook page also criticized Premier Steven Marshall’s handling of COVID and the restrictions placed on restaurants on Boxing Day.

Current restrictions mean that hospitality venues can only operate at the rate of one person per 4 square meters.

On December 27, the club posted a question to the prime minister on its Facebook page.

“Question, Steven Marshall, six weeks ago you said, ‘We have 400 beds ready for COVID patients’, now we have 20 people in the hospital and you have put restrictions in place that effectively lock us back up because we can’t let it in it is getting out of hand, “says the article.

“It doesn’t suit us. Are we living with it or is your government not ready yet?”

Loverboy nightclub is also on Hindley Street. (ABC News: Sarah Mullins)

The nightclub also criticized the response to the incident at the Loverboy nightclub, in which a 19-year-old man visited the nightclub despite knowing he was COVID positive.

Although guests and staff were double-vaccinated, anyone in the venue on the night of exposure had to be tested and isolated for seven days.

On December 24th, Dog and Duck posted on Facebook that it would be crippling for companies forced to close while their employees were in isolation.

“If you have a business, or you know someone who does, there is a good chance the business won’t survive for the next two months,” the post said.

On Sunday, the SA opposition sharply criticized the delays in updating the list of the state’s endangered locations.

“It has now been almost a week since we were notified of all exposure sites,” said Chris Picton, occupational health spokesman.

Nicola Spurrier says it may take some time before individual venues are identified as broadcast locations.ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

“We have had thousands and thousands of cases in the past week, but we haven’t seen an exposure site listed in many, many days.

“There are a significant number of points of contact, but our contact follow-up was clearly not up to date.”

SA Health was asked to comment.

Nicola Spurrier, chief public health officer, previously said delays in updating the list were due to a number of reasons, including the time it takes for individual settings to be identified as transmission locations.

The SA Health website provides information on test site opening hours and the closest location.

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