CAMPAIGN THE DECISION MAKERS

  • End the weekly covid testing requirements for VIC/SA CBCMs
  • Where is the evidence to support the restrictions on the VIC/SA border?
  • If you are not going to lift the weekly testing requirement, change to the rapid saliva test
  • How long will the border checkpoints be in place?
  • When will you reinstate Portland to be included in the cross border community?

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Attention:  The Hon Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia & TRANSITION COMMITTEE:

• Mr Nick Reade, Chief Executive, Department of the Premier and Cabinet (chair)
• Commissioner Grant Stevens, South Australia Police (State Coordinator)
• Professor Nicola Spurrier, Chief Public Health Officer
• Dr Chris McGowan, Chief Executive, Department for Health and Wellbeing
• Mr David Reynolds, Chief Executive, Department of Treasury and Finance
• Ms Leonie Muldoon, Chief Executive, Department for Trade and Investment
• Professor Mehdi Doroudi, Deputy Chief Executive, Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA

WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST AN END TO THE WEEKLY COVID TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR VIC/SA CROSS BORDER COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

Weekly testing of healthy individuals is a waste of resources, time, and the physical and mental health impact is extremely concerning.

Weekly testing is not effective at stemming the spread of Covid, considering the delta variant grows so rapidly and results in faster transmission. The timeframe to detect an individual’s positive before they reach peak infectiousness is shorter. As delta replicates rapidly, asymptomatic people who have no detectable virus Monday morning can be highly infectious by night, long before their test results are received anywhere from 1-4 days later. Weekly asymptomatic Covid testing stands little chance, as this viral paroxysm can occur any day of the week.

The combination of high vaccination rates, continued attention to masking and a track record of NO POSITIVE TESTS for the 20 months of testing CBCMs should be enough assurance for the weekly covid testing requirement to be lifted.

Stats

LGA – West Wimmera:
1st dose 87.7%, 2nd dose 62.3%, Population 3,178

LGA – Glenelg:
1st dose 88.7%, 2nd dose 59.3%, Population 16,561

LGA – Mildura:
1st dose 83.7%, 2nd dose 49.2%, Population 45,044

IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LIFT THE WEEKLY TESTING REQUIREMENT, WE REQUEST THAT THE METHOD USED IS CHANGED TO THE RAPID SALIVA TEST

The test is aportable, meaning it could be done in any setting where testing is required.

The screening would be more effective, as the results would be ready within 5 minutes (as opposed to 1-4 days, where the traveller had already been in the community).

Continual testing is causing adverse effects, including epistaxis (nose bleeds), inflammation, nasal discomfort, headache, earache, and rhinorrhea, which can last from hours to a day, as a consequence of nasal swabbing.

Source: https://www.dpc.sa.gov.au/responsibilities/boards-and-committees/sa-covid-19-transition-committee

WE RESPECTFULLY REQUEST EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE RESTRICTIONS ON THE VIC/SA BORDER

Premier Marshall, you mentioned a “selective, methodical, evidence-based easing of the restrictions that are currently in place in South Australia.” Where is this evidence?

Mr Wade, your comment: “Our approach has been strongly built on public health advice.” – If this is ‘public’, then why are the last 2 months of transition committee minutes not available (since 20th Aug)???

Apparently, the Transition Committee has been tasked with prioritising the easing restrictions with a low public health risk and high social and economic value. You have taken this approach with the rest of the state, but not the Vic/SA border.

Source: https://www.dpc.sa.gov.au/responsibilities/boards-and-committees/sa-covid-19-transition-committee

How long will the border checkpoints be in place?

If you’re considering ‘opening up’ the borders when a certain percentage of Vaccinations is reached, how are you going to monitor who is vaccinated and who is not? Are we correct in assuming that the border checkpoints will still be manned?

When will you reinstate Portland to be included in the Cross Border Community?

The last detection of fragments of  SARSCoV- 2, the virus that causes Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was on 6th October – how long do you intend to shut out this community?

(See image) It is interesting to see there have been detections in SA’s wastewater in certain suburbs, yet you didn’t place restrictions on the residents’ movements?

Source:https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/674bbf82-cd74-428f-8c10-91bff7f1f3a9/20211005+Weekly+Report+-+SA+Health+COVID-19+Wastewater+Surveillance+%281%29.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=ROOTWORKSPACE-674bbf82-cd74-428f-8c10-91bff7f1f3a9-nNk4BuP