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Update: COVID outbreaks in communities

There are currently 755 Aboriginal South Australians with active COVID-19 infections. A total of 10,032 Aboriginal people have had COVID-19 infections since the border opened in November, 2021.

There are people with active COVID-19 infections in these communities:
  • Adelaide metro
  • APY Lands (Amata, Mimili, Pukatja)
  • Berri/Barmera & Surrounds
  • Ceduna
  • Coober Pedy
  • Davenport
  • Fregon
  • Koonibba
  • Mount Gambier
  • Murry Bridge
  • Oak Valley
  • Point Pearce
  • Pt Augusta
  • Pt Lincoln
  • Pt Pirie
  • Raukkan
  • Renmark & Surrounds
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect us all and COVID safe behaviours continue to be very important too. 

To stop the spread and help keep everyone safe, stay home if you or anyone in your family are sick, get tested as soon as symptoms appear, continue with good hand hygiene, physically distancing and wear a mask when in crowded public indoor places. 

COVID-19 rapid antigen tests (RAT): when to use and where to access

If you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it’s important to have a COVID-19 test to see if you have COVID-19.

A rapid antigen test (RAT) is an easy way to find out if you have COVID-19.

You can do the test yourself without a doctor, in the comfort of your own home, and get the results in just 10 to 20 minutes.

When to use a RAT
If you are a close contact of a person with COVID-19 and have no symptoms.

You can access free RATs and must test on day 1, 3, 5 and 7 of your 7-day isolation period.

When NOT to use a RAT
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must get a PCR test on day 1 and on day 6 during your 7-day isolation period. 

Where to find a RAT
If you are a close contact you can access free RATs from a RAT Collection Point within South Australia. You must register on the SA Health Website before collecting your tests. 

You can also buy RATs from your local pharmacy, supermarket and lots of other retail stores, as well as online.   

If you have a valid Commonwealth concession card, you may be eligible to collect up to 10 free RATs, over 3 months from a participating community pharmacy.
Find out more

How to do a rapid antigen test (RAT)

Watch Dr Mark Wenitong explain how to use rapid antigen tests – or RATs - the right way to find out if you have COVID-19.
Testing from your nose
Testing from your mouth (spit)
Find out more
Other resources: Fact sheets
Other resources: Easy Read documents 
Find more resources

How to read a Rapid Antigen Test and what to do next

Rapid antigen tests (RAT) are regularly being used in the community.

It is important that you know what your result means.

RATs vary depending on the brand. Follow the instructions included with your test to make sure you get an accurate result.

If your result shows 2 lines = you have COVID-19.

You need to: 
  • stay home and isolate for 7 days from the day you took the test.
  • report your result on the SA Health website or call 1800 253 787 (8am to 8pm) within 24 hours.
  • tell your close contacts (people you live with and have been around) so they can isolate and get tested.
If your result shows 1 line at the ‘C’ only and you DON’T have COVID-19 symptoms = you don’t have COVID-19.
  • If you are a close contact, you should stay in isolation (7 days from date of exposure).  
If your result shows 1 line at the ‘C’ only and you DO have COVID symptoms = you might still have COVID-19.

You should: 
  • Get a PCR test to confirm the result especially if you have COVID-19 symptoms. The result on your RAT may not be correct.
  • If you are a close contact, stay in isolation as required (7 days from date of exposure) 
  • Report your result on the SA Health website or call 1800 253 787 (8am to 8pm).
If your result shows 1 line at the ‘R’ only, or no lines at all = your test didn’t work.

You should: 
  • Do another rapid antigen test.
  • If you do not have access to any more tests, get a PCR test as soon as possible and isolate until you get your result confirming you don’t have COVID.
For more information or to report your results, visit
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Vaccination rates for the Aboriginal population

The latest data for South Australia shows over 79% of the state's Aboriginal population aged 12 years and older has had their first dose and just under 37% of 5 to 11 year-olds have had their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

If you haven't had your COVID-19 vaccine yet and would like to ask questions and get vaccinated, clinics are still open. 

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South Australian COVID-19 Cases

As at 7 April 2022,

Aboriginal population

  • 755 people have active COVID-19 infections.
  • 10,032 people have had COVID-19.*
  • 8 people have sadly passed away from COVID-19 in total.*
Whole of SA population
  • 35,251 people became infected with COVID-19 in the last week. 
  • 296,915 people have had COVID-19 in total.**
  • 273 people have sadly passed away from COVID-19 in total.**
* since the borders opened on 23 November 2021.

** since the pandemic started in South Australia in January 2020.

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