Ridiculous queues for Covid testing in Adelaide with angry people waiting for hours

Huge queues for Covid tests in Adelaide cause wait times of FIVE hours – as busy winery is put on alert and SA registers six new cases after ‘super spreading’ events

  • Six new cases were registered on Wednesday after ‘super spreader’ events
  • South Australians queue for hours at test centers in Adelaide
  • A man got in line on Tuesday night and was still waiting on Wednesday
  • Government struggles to open more centers later this week

South Australia has asked troops for help after locals queued all night and had to wait up to eight hours at congested test centers in Adelaide – as the state records six new cases.

The new infections, announced Wednesday evening, include three women and two men who contracted the virus from Tenafeate Creek Winery, northwest of the city.

Two more cases, a woman in her 20s and a child under five, were from The Greek on Halifax.

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said both venues are ‘super spreader events’.

Pictured: A Covid-19 test station in Adelaide on Wednesday. The state registered six new cases

Pictured: The huge line around Victoria Park in Adelaide as people race to be tested

Pictured: The huge line around Victoria Park in Adelaide as people race to be tested

The queue stretched for 2 km and people were waiting for about eight hours on Wednesday

The queue stretched for 2 km and people were waiting for about eight hours on Wednesday

“If you were at that winery and you haven’t heard from us, get tested and quarantine yourself.”

The new cases came after Adelaide saw unprecedented demand for Covid testing.

A man told ABC Radio Adelaide that he joined the test station at Victoria Park at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday but was still waiting at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Modbury test site in north-east Adelaide – which was the center of attention earlier this week – saw 2km-long traffic jams on Wednesday as cars lined up for tests.

Monday night, wait times were over 10 hours and people were sleeping in their cars.

Pictured: Woolworths in Marryatville, which has been named as an Adelaide exposure site

Pictured: Woolworths in Marryatville, which has been named as an Adelaide exposure site

Pictured: Whistle & Flute cafe in Unley, which has been named as an exposure location in Adelaide

Pictured: Whistle & Flute cafe in Unley, which has been named as an exposure location in Adelaide

Pictured: Meals on Wheels in Hindmarsh, which has been listed as an exposure location in Adelaide

Pictured: Meals on Wheels in Hindmarsh, which has been listed as an exposure location in Adelaide

To meet demand, the state government has set up an invitation-only testing center to the general public to expedite specific testing for the SA’s communicable disease control division.

Prime Minister Steven Marshall encouraged residents to visit other clinics rather than just the one in Victoria Park, urging them to get vaccinated.

“That’s our way out,” he said.

Interstate nurses and primary care physicians are ready to help with testing sites due to insatiable demand, while SA Health is working to publish live wait times for testing centers across the state.

Pictured: A Covid-19 testing station on Wednesday, as locals race to get tested amid another outbreak

Pictured: A Covid-19 testing station on Wednesday, as locals race to get tested amid another outbreak

Professor Spurrier said reducing wait times was her top priority for Wednesday.

“I’ve talked to her (Australian Defense Force personnel) about trying to get personnel from other states to help us with the mops,” she said.

“They did this with Victoria, it was very effective, and that’s what they’re going to work on today.”

Nurses trained to give Covid-19 testing will be taken from hospitals and places in testing centers.

dr. Tom Dodd of SA Pathology thanked people for their patience and said additional resources are being moved to testing clinics.

“Inevitably when a case is identified there will be a huge increase in testing … so inevitably there will be a queue in testing,” he said.

Pictured: Whistle & Flute cafe in Unley, which has been named as an exposure location in Adelaide

Pictured: Whistle & Flute cafe in Unley, which has been named as an exposure location in Adelaide

“I know there were long queues… and I can only thank people for their patience.”

The chairman of the Australian Medical Association SA, Dr Michelle Atchison, called on the government to set up more 24-hour clinics.

“Long waiting times add to people’s stress and anxiety and it will mean people just keep driving,” he said.

South Australia now has four active cases and is subject to Level Four restrictions, which ban non-essential shops, indoor restaurants, gyms and personal care services.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA EXPOSURE SITES:

Clovercrest – Drakes Supermarket, Clovercrest Shopping Centre: Wednesday 14th July – 11am to 12.30pm

Evanston – Gawler and District College B-12 (whole school): Monday, July 19 – 7:50am to 3:30pm

Modbury – Centrelink (customers and front door staff): Friday 9th July – 12pm to 2pm

Para Hills West – Gym24Seven: Monday July 19th – 3pm to 6pm

Salisbury Downs – Chiera & Sons Fresh Market (formerly Hollywood Fresh): Sunday, July 18 – 12pm to 2pm

Felixstow – McDonald’s, Sunday 18th July – 10am to 10.30am

Glenside – Burnside Village, Sunday 18th July – 1:05 PM to 2:30 PM

Marryatville – Woolworths, Kensington Rd, Sunday 18th July – 2pm to 3pm

Marion – Westminster School, Monday 19th July – 8:15am to 4:30pm

North Adelaide – St Ann’s College, Tuesday 20th July – all day

Unley – Whistle and Flute Cafe, 136 Greenhill Rd, Sunday, July 18 – 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

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