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Paramedic who volunteered to help in Victoria contracts COVID-19

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 31/07/2020 9News Staff

A South Australian paramedic who volunteered to help during the new outbreak in Victoria has been diagnosed with coronavirus.

The paramedic, a woman aged in her 20s, was part of a team of 21 who travelled from South Australia to Victoria to support testing in virus-affected areas.

Chief Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said the paramedic was tested at the airport when she arrived in Adelaide on Wednesday night.

a view of a city with tall buildings: A South Australian paramedic is in quarantine after contracting COVID-19 during a volunteer mission to Victoria. © 9News A South Australian paramedic is in quarantine after contracting COVID-19 during a volunteer mission to Victoria.

She had remained in quarantine ever since.

There had been one incidence of close contact, but that was with a member of the same team, all of whom are also currently in quarantine.

The majority of the team's tests have come back negative, but some were still outstanding.

a woman holding a sign: Professor Nicola Spurrier said there were no concerns about spread. © 9News Professor Nicola Spurrier said there were no concerns about spread.

The infected paramedic had "very mild symptoms".

"We thank this person, who selflessly volunteered to head over to Victoria to support the health system there," Premier Steven Marshall said.


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