Number of people hospitalized with COVID jumps as South Australia records 4,595 new cases

South Australia recorded 4,595 new COVID cases, with the number of hospitalized patients rising to 209, including eight people in intensive care.

Hospitalizations rose from 188 on Sunday and today’s total is the highest number of people hospitalized since mid-February.

Among those hospitalized, 143 people are fully vaccinated, 44 people are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and 22 have an unknown vaccination status.

SA Health said the latest genome sampling revealed that around 60% of the samples taken were the BA.2 subvariant.

There are now 35,367 active cases in the state.

Yesterday, 13,337 people received a PCR test in the state, an increase of 5% from the previous 24 hours.

Of the test results returned yesterday, 2,821 were positive, while 1,774 positive rapid antigen test results were reported.

SA pathology director resigns

Associate Professor Tom Dodd, who has served as Director of Clinical Services at SA Pathology for the past three years, is stepping down.

SA Health said Professor Dodd would continue to play a key advisory role as the state continues to manage the COVID pandemic.

An expression of interest to replace Professor Dodd will be published shortly.

Dr. Ivan Bastian will take over as interim.

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