Man takes charge of contact tracing as government stops sharing low-risk exposure sites

A Riverland resident who tested positive for COVID-19 took charge of contact tracing by posting his locations and times of exposure on a community Facebook forum.

After feeling frustrated with the South Australian government’s revised method of contact tracing of only disclosing high-risk exposure sites, Edward Li-Guo felt it was his responsibility to share the details.

Mr. Li-Guo shared his exhibition sites with the community via social media after testing positive.(Provided: Edward Li-Guo)

Mr. Li-Guo took a COVID test on December 29 and tested positive on December 31, but was disappointed when SA Health did not contact him to discuss his movements in the community.

The Riverland local decided it was up to him to call the places he had visited to inform them of his positive status.

He also took to the Riverland Forum area community Facebook group to alert its more than 17,500 members at exhibit sites in Blanchetown, Barmera, Berri and Renmark.

Exhibition sites excluded from the SA Health list

The state government has changed its COVID-19 strategy from eliminating the spread of the virus to reducing the impact of COVID on vulnerable people and saving lives.

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CHO Nicola Spurrier said only high-risk COVID-19 exposure sites will be listed on SA Health’s website and social media.(ABC News: Lincoln Rothall)

In a statement, Professor Nicola Spurrier, chief public health officer, said the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in South Australia meant it was impractical for SA Health to list all exhibition sites.

Instead, it would focus on high-risk environments like elderly care facilities and places where multiple cases have been confirmed.

According to the SA Health Contact and Exhibit Location Finder website, there are currently no exhibits in the Riverland.

However, with information from community Facebook groups including Riverland Forum and the statewide SA Community Known Exposure Sites group, the ABC can identify at least 14 exhibition sites in the Riverland as of December 24. .

The community shares its gratitude

The latest state government COVID-19 heat map data describing the number of cases in SA local government areas shows Riverland has 109 active cases, with the Berri Barmera region alone hosting 43 cases active.

Riverland Forum users praised Mr. Li-Guo for his honesty and thanked him for sharing exhibition sites that they might not otherwise have known.

“I think… a caring person in the community [would] let people know what’s going on, “Li-Guo said.

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