MURRAYLANDS residents have joined South Australia in a week-long lockdown following the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.
Tailem Bend was thrust onto the national stage last week with three COVID-exposure sites in the town seeing residents across the Murraylands forced into 14-day quarantine periods.
Things escalated this week and the state government announced on Tuesday morning South Australia would go into a seven-day lockdown from 6pm that night after more cases were announced following an outbreak from Modbury Hospital.
Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick said the message was simple; "Just stay home".
Mr Pederick told The Standard - as he was on his way to his Coomandook farm to isolate on Tuesday afternoon - it was vital people listened to the direction of SA Health.
"Some were saying there was no COVID around, well that myth got shattered with the removalists came through," Mr Pederick said, in relation to last week's COVID hotspot caused by COVID-positive workers from interstate.
But while he stressed the importance of doing the right thing, he also implored people to remain calm.
"Be kind, be calm and let's do the right things and we'll see how we go ... hopefully it's only for a week."
He urged Murraylands people to book in and get the COVID-19 vaccination as a matter of priority.
"I understand there have been some delays but more is coming and if you can book in and travel elsewhere to get it done, I would encourage it," he said.
Mr Pederick warned against panic-buying and reminded residents that supermarkets would remain open.
"I've just been through Coles (Tuesday evening) and people were pretty good," he said.
"There is no need to panic buy, there will be plenty of food and plenty of toilet paper.
"One person from the household should go out and get what is needed when it is - there is no need to panic."
Mr Pederick also paid tribute to front-line essential workers and highlighted the efforts of the freight industry.
"The Tailem Bend testing site has opened up 24-7 and has been flat out and the workers in the freight industry must have so many way swab (tests), I take my hat off to them." he said.
"We need to get all businesses - hospitality, retail - back on their feet and we need to do the right thing to overcome this."
Announcing the lockdown on Tuesday, Premier Steven Marshall said the "swift and decisive action is based on expert health advice following the detection of the highly infectious Delta strain in our community."
"The next week will be difficult for many South Australians, but we must go hard and we must go early to get ahead of this virus," he said.
"If we leave home for any of these reasons, masks must be worn in all in public places.
"This new direction also means that schools will be closed for the next seven days.
"Only the children of essential workers and vulnerable children will be able to attend school, preschool or childcare."
-Details: For further information visit www.covid-19.sa.gov.au.
To book a COVID-19 vaccination, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/