SA Health reveals 63 previously unknown COVID-19 related deaths

SA Health has announced 63 previously unreported deaths of people who had tested positive for COVID-19, including one man in his 40s and one woman and two men in their 50s.

Sep 09, 2022, updated Sep 09, 2022
Photo: Roy Vandervegt/AAP

Photo: Roy Vandervegt/AAP

SA Health made the announcement today following a reconciliation of data received from Births, Deaths and Marriages.

It is the most deaths announced in one day by SA Health since the beginning of the pandemic.

In a statement, SA Health said the 63 deaths which occurred between 27April and 18 August had not been previously recorded.

“BDM data on deaths is provided on a monthly basis to the SA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) who undertake a data reconciliation with case data, a process that has identified these additional deaths,” the statement read.

“The deaths include a woman in her 50s, five women in their 70s, 11 women in their 80s, 19 women in their 90s, two men in their 40s, one man in his 50s, one man in his 60s, two men in their 70s, nine men in their 80s, 10 men in their 90s and two people in their 80s whose gender is unavailable.”

It comes as national cabinet’s decision to cut the COVID-19 isolation period from seven days to five comes into effect.

COVID-19 isolation requirements have changed. From today:
-People who test positive must isolate for 5 days
-You can leave isolation after 5 days if you do not have acute symptoms
-If you have symptoms, stay in isolation until acute symptoms have resolved

— SA Health (@SAHealth) September 8, 2022

From next week, SA Health will begin issuing weekly COVID-19 updates of case numbers, deaths and hospitalisations data, rather than daily updates.

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There are 77 people with COVID-19 in hospital in South Australia, including eight people in ICU.

Of those hospitalised, 57 people have received three or more vaccine doses, 18 people are either unvaccinated or are only partially vaccinated and two have an unknown vaccination status.

In total, 860 people have died while positive to COVID-19 in south Australia with one reported death removed from the total.

The latest genome sampling found 2.2% of COVIDE-19 test samples were BA.2, 5.6% of samples analysed were BA.4 and 89.9% of samples analysed were BA.5 or related.

There have been 569 new cases of COVID-19 reported in South Australia today, with a total of 2795 active cases in South Australia.

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