COVID-19 Update: Over 200 Attendees at Cummins Farmers Meeting Told To Self Isolate
Those who came into close contact with Senator Rex Patrick during his recent Eyre Peninsula tour are being advised to go into quarantine by SA Health. Several prominent State and Federal politicans are also currently isolating as a result of the news. Senator Patrick attended a farmer meeting in Cummins on Tuesday March 17th that was attended by approximately 190 people.
South Australian Chief Medical Officer Dr Nicola Spurrier has confirmed that all attendees at that meeting are being asked to self-isolate. Dr Spurrier held a COVID-19 update at just after 4pm SA time this afternoon to break the news.
"All attendees at that meeting are classified as close contacts and we are recommending quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure," said Dr Spurrier.
"All we are doing here is making sure people are quarantined and have the ability to get tested as soon as possible".
Also present at this public meeting was the Member for Flinders Peter Treloar and South Australian Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone who are both self-isolating. Mr Treloar said he was asked yesterday afternoon to go into isolation and drove home from Adelaide to his farm north of Cummins to follow the instruction.
Senator Patrick is also believed to have spent time at the Whyalla and Port Lincoln airports during his Eyre Peninsula visit. State member for Giles Eddie Hughes and Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey, spent time with Senator Patrick in promoting a campaign to reduce government fees on regional airfares.
Mr Hughes took to Facebook to announce he is currently self-isolating and has been tested for coronavirus. He is awaiting the results of his test. Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey has also confirmed he is self-isolating but has not been tested. Mr Ramsey said he is still conducting business remotely while in isolation and will remain on his Buckleboo property for the full 14 period.
More updates to come on this breaking story.