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SA Health Tender Calls For EOIs For Port Augusta Quarantine Facility

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A Port Augusta quarantine facility is being investigated by SA Health, to allow for a rapid response to a potential Covid outbreak.

There are two days remaining on the tender, which is calling for expressions of interest from organisations to manage facilities in regional centres if an outbreak occurs.

In light of the recently opened borders and the vulnerable nature of rural towns, SA Health says they have plans and processes in place to manage patients in regional and remote hospitals across the public health system, and are ready to treat and care for Covid positive patients where required.

The tender specifies that the facilities, in the form of cabins, would be overseen by SA Health but managed by the successful host organisation, who will be responsible for services such as translation, cultural support, religion, cleaning requirements and general administration.

They say the vast majority of COVID positive people will be treated in the home via virtual care, with only the more vulnerable, approximately 10 percent of cases, requiring care in a quarantine facility.

SA Health says they expect only five per cent of cases will require hospitalisation.

Successful locations will accommodate 100 or more residents and will need to be available between November 30 and June 30.

Applications for the tender close tomorrow.

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