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The plan on how Riverland hospitals will manage covid-19 patients has been outlined to the public.

The COVID-19 Acute Care Response Strategy outlines how the state will treat covid patients in the city, as well as regional areas like the Riverland.  

Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr Emily Kirkpatrick said with borders now open and South Australia safely managing COVID-19 in the state, the State Government is engaging with all elements of the health sector to ensure South Australians impacted by COVID-19 can receive the care they need in the right settings.

Dr Kirkpatrick added “The management and care of acute COVID-19 patients in the hospital forms a key part of our overall COVID-19 health system response, where approximately 95 per cent of cases are managed in community home based care or supervised COVID care facilities, and five per cent in the acute hospital setting,” 

Wayne Champion, Chair of the COVID-19 Regional Response Governance group, and local health network CEO said while regional hospitals are not designated COVID treating hospitals, selected regional hospitals will act as ‘COVID accepting hospitals,”. 

The Riverland General Hospital was outlined as an accepting hospital with the plan to stabilise acutely unwell patients to then assist in the transfer to one of the three designated metropolitan hospitals.

SA Health's 'COVID-19 Acute Care Response Strategy' and the 'COVID-19 Regional Response Strategy' can be viewed here

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