South Australia could widen its coronavirus testing criteria to make it easier for certain people to get a test, according to the state’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer.

Michael Cusack told AAP that a wider testing regime in SA is a “definite possibility.”

While South Australia has so far led the country in its per-capita testing for the virus, which has seen SA Pathology undertake testing every time they take a respiratory, nasal or oral specimen.

However, those specifically seeking a coronavirus test are: those showing symptoms who recently travelled, those showing symptoms who have been in contact with known cases and those connected to known clusters, such as the Adelaide Airport cluster.

Dr Cusack said of widening the testing criteria: “we are determined to try to clear the virus from South Australia and I think that may well be part of the strategy.”

So far, South Australia has undertaken over 36,000 tests across the state.

The news comes as SA confirmed just two new cases yesterday, taking the state’s total to 431.


Among the new cases was a staff member from St Peters Girls Early Learning Centre, who may have worked for one day while infectious.

10 children who attend the centre and four fellow staff members are self-isolating as a precaution.