Positive COVID-19 result for senator Rex Patrick

POSITIVE: Senator Rex Patrick was informed on Monday his test for COVID-19 returned positive.
POSITIVE: Senator Rex Patrick was informed on Monday his test for COVID-19 returned positive.

A South Australian senator who went into self isolation after a colleague tested positive for COVID-19 has himself tested positive for the coronavirus.

Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick confirmed on Monday that despite still not showing any symptoms, his test result had returned positive for COVID-19.

The senator went into self isolation following a meeting at Cummins last Tuesday to discuss the grain port projects on Eyre Peninsula.

At the end of the meeting Mr Patrick was informed that fellow senator Andrew Bragg tested positive for the virus, who he had come into contact with 10 days prior at a senate committee.

On Tuesday, SA Health advised anyone who attended the meeting to self isolate up to and including March 31, with the Communicable Disease Control Branch now getting in touch with those who were there.

Dr Nicola Spurrier said during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon it was a very significant thing to happen to a small country town.

"All attendees at that meeting are now classified as close contacts and we are recommending they quarantine for 14 days from the day of exposure," she said.

"The Local Health Network is working very very closely with health services on the ground to make sure people are provided with information and support.

"But most importantly from our perspective, if they need to be tested, they need to get tested very quickly."

She said there were no other confirmed cases in Cummins other than Mr Patrick.

"All we are doing here is making sure people are quarantined and that they have the ability to get tested as soon as possible.

"It's quite an isolated small country town and we need to deal with that very promptly."

Mr Patrick said he had provided SA Health with an extensive list of people he had met or contacted with for contact tracing and anyone who was at risk would be informed.