The Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network is changing the operating times of its COVID-19 clinics, including on Kangaroo Island.
The Kangaroo Island COVID-19 Clinic at the hospital in Kingscote will now operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 11.30am.
All mainland COVID-19 clinics at Tanunda, Gawler, Mount Barker, Victor Harbor have reduced Sunday operating hours - now from 10am - 2pm, with no midday closure. Those clinics remain operational as usual from Monday to Saturday.
The local health network meanwhile is holding its annual public meeting this Thursday, October 22 on KI. Those living or visiting the island are most welcome to join the network for the AGM from 5pm to 6pm at the KI Council Chambers.
The network will share highlights from its annual report, while attending executives and board members will be available for questions. KI Health Service's new executive officer director of nursing Katrina Seng started at the KI Hospital in July.
Rural docs' advice
With more state borders reopening and border bubbles being expanded, Australia's peak rural medical bodies are urging rural Australians to keep getting tested for COVID-19...even if they are only showing the mildest of symptoms.
The Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) and Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) said now was not the time to step back from getting tested, with the potential for transmission of coronavirus to rural towns still very possible.
"There is a real danger that, because some restrictions are being eased, many people will think COVID is 'done and dusted' and life is back to normal," Dr Adam Coltza said.
"It's not - we still need to be doing everything we can to keep the virus under control. Even once we get a vaccine, depending on the vaccination schedule and dosing intervals required, it is likely we will still be taking precautions - and having to live a 'COVID normal' lifestyle - well into the future."