The trial will involve 50 South Australian residents, returning from one state, undertaking their mandatory 14-day quarantine in the comfort of their own homes.
Home quarantine will be activated by the Home Quarantine SA app – where people can access their testing schedule, perform daily symptom checks, access health and wellness resources, and confirm their location with regular check-ins. .
Using innovative technology, the app provides live geolocation and facial recognition to ensure people comply with their home quarantine direction, and ensure they are at their home quarantine address. approved.
Prime Minister Steven Marshall said the home quarantine trial was another key step in the state’s liberal government’s COVID recovery.
“Over the past few years Adelaide has been transformed into the most livable place in the country, according to The Economist, and we now have more people employed than ever before in the state’s history, so it’s crucial that we continued to keep our community. safe, while ensuring that our economy remains strong. Premier Marshall said.
“We know the critical role quarantine plays in reducing the risk of a COVID outbreak resulting from returning travelers to our state, and we are committed to ensuring that this layer of protection is maintained.
“South Australians should be proud of how we have responded to the many and varied difficulties this terrible virus has presented, and we hope this trial will lead to better results for those of us who may need to put up with it. quarantined in the future. “
Once determined eligible, participants will receive a personalized admission code that grants them access to the app, allowing them to initiate the home quarantine process.
It is expected that the new app will join COVID SAfe Check In as a secure and efficient tool to help keep South Australians safe.
“South Australians have been well served by our COVID SAfe Check In in the MySA GOV app, which has been essential in our efforts to contact the trace, clear escapes and reduce the duration of lockdowns,” the Prime Minister said Marshall.
“Like COVID SAfe Check In, the new Home Quarantine SA app has strict security features that ensure participant information is secure for the duration of the quarantine.
“This innovative technology is the most advanced of its kind in Australia, and if the trial proves successful it could provide more home quarantine options for returning South Australians.”
Premier Marshall said the safety and well-being of the community remained the number one priority, with extensive evaluation of the trial to inform future expansion of home quarantine.
“We don’t make any decisions lightly about community safety; it must be reiterated that this is a trial and that the results and the lessons to be learned will be at the forefront of any decision to continue or expand it, ”said Premier Marshall.
“I am delighted that South Australia has been able to develop a cutting edge technological solution that demonstrates the best of local innovation and aims to complement the hard work done by so many to keep our state safe and strong.”
Dr Emily Kirkpatrick, deputy chief public health officer, said the home quarantine trial was developed in close consultation with SA Health.
“We have carefully reviewed the home quarantine trial and provided population and public health advice at every stage of its development to ensure that the trial is safe and clinically appropriate for participants,” said Dr Kirkpatrick.
“Being able to quarantine at home is vital for some of our returning residents and I have no doubts that this trial will help us provide this quarantine option to more people, while ensuring that we are doing all we can to protect South Australians from COVID-19. “
The home quarantine trial will begin this week, initially with a small number of participants.
All of the participants in the home quarantine trial are residents of South Australia, who have chosen to participate in the trial.