Fears South Australia’s latest Covid patient caught the virus from another guest staying at the same medi-hotel – despite them never meeting
- A man in his 40s may have contracted Covid-19 via particles in the air
- He was staying in a room opposite a man in his 20s who tested positive
- Health experts are scrambling to track down 14 others who were at the hotel
The latest Covid-19 patient in South Australia may have contracted the virus from another guest who was staying at the same quarantine hotel.
One theory is that the virus spread through aerosol transmission, which means the man could have inhaled Covid-19 particles from a patient in his 20s who was staying in the opposite room.
Health authorities in SA have been left scratching their heads trying to work out how a man caught Covid while inside a quarantine facility. Pictured: Health workers in Adelaide
Pictured: The Stamford Plaza Hotel in Adelaide, where a man caught Covid staying in the opposite room to a positive case
Genomic sequencing on Thursday will confirm whether the cases are linked, and if it is the Indian Delta variant.
If a link is found between the pair, it would mark the state’s third major breach at a medi-hotel.
SA Health are scrambling to track down 14 other guests who were in isolation at the hotel at the same time as the new case – ten of whom has since travelled interstate.
State laws say all travellers must get a Covid test three days after leaving quarantine.
A further five guests from the hotel’s 19th floor have been ordered to stay in quarantine until the situation is resolved.
SA laws say all travellers must get a Covid test three days after leaving quarantine. Pictured: Health workers in Adelaide
Health authorities have also instigated a wider investigation to determine whether the spread was a result of the hotel’s operations.
Both cases are in stable conditions in Adelaide’s Tom’s Court facility for Covid patients.
The man in his 40s tested positive on Tuesday – on day 13 of quarantine, while the younger man returned a positive test result on July 5.
Authorities believe he contracted the virus overseas.
Pictured: People wearing protective face masks walk along Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Deputy chief public health officer Emily Kirkpatrick said the situation is being investigated.
‘Whenever we have a new Covid-19 case we need to step through and undertake a risk assessment, undertake that thorough contact tracing process to see if there has been any risk at all, or any potential transmission within a medi-hotel,’ she said.
‘So, as part of that investigation, it was determined potentially that he may have been an active infection, rather than a historical infection.’
If there is no link between the pair, she said it is likely the older man had a longer incubation period.
Fears South Australia’s latest Covid patient caught virus from another guest at Adelaide medi-hotel