South Australians have been warned to prepare for COVID restrictions after an 81-year-old man returned a positive swab.

The elderly man travelled with his granddaughter to Argentina before returning via New South Wales’ hotel quarantine system.

While in quarantine, he suffered a fall and was admitted to hospital for ten days.

Following his stint in hospital, he flew to Adelaide on July 8.

He began showing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and presented for testing at Modbury Hospital on Sunday, with his test coming back positive at 2.30am on Monday.

Modbury Hospital in Adelaide’s northeast. Credit: 7NEWS

Premier Steven Marshall warned that restrictions would likely be rolled out after the grandfather’s close contacts were tested.

“There will be a further directions meeting this afternoon in South Australia following getting all those test results back,” he said.

“It is likely there will be further internal restrictions put in place in South Australia later today. But at this stage we do not envisage a lockdown situation in South Australia.”

The man’s daughter and six other close contacts have been placed into isolation.

The exterior of Elizabeth Vale School on Monday morning.
The exterior of Elizabeth Vale School on Monday morning. Credit: 7NEWS

So far, the daughter and the man’s grandson have returned negative test results.

Elizabeth Vale Primary School was on Monday closed as a precaution, but Marshall said it would be able to reopen on Tuesday.

Marshall said it was too early to know which strain of the virus the man had but it was likely to be the Delta variant.

“We don’t want a lockdown in South Australia and that’s why the next 24 to 48 hours are absolutely critical.”

Professor Nicola Spurrier.
Professor Nicola Spurrier. Credit: AAP

Public Chief Health Officer said the man was likely infectious for several days – with the past five days the most concerning.

“We’re focussing on this higher risk period, particularly the last couple of days,” she said.



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