Former SA premier Jay Weatherill tests positive for COVID-19 after attending school reunion

Former SA premier Jay Weatherill has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending an event over the weekend where other cases were present.

Mr Weatherill was at a school reunion on Saturday in Norwood, in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, with other interstate travellers.

Mr Weatherill resides in Perth now, but travelled to Adelaide in recent days, after South Australia’s borders opened.

He has taken part in a number of high-level meetings during his time in SA, including with Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas on Monday.

Mr Malinauskas said he would get tested and isolate for the time being.

“Upon hearing the news this evening that Jay Weatherill has tested positive, I immediately left parliament at 8:20pm and went to Victoria Park to get tested,” he tweeted.

“I will isolate while I await the test results and further advice from SA Health.”

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Mr Weatherill, who works for Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation, was in Adelaide to begin an interstate tour as CEO of the foundation’s Thrive by Five campaign, promoting early childhood development.

He held a press conference on Monday morning and was set to speak at other events in Victoria in the coming days.

Earlier, SA Health confirmed two South Australian men in their 50s had caught the virus after attending a school reunion at Theatre Bugs children’s theatre in Norwood on Saturday night.

Mr Weatherill attended the event, and his case is understood to be in addition to the other two.

They are the first cases of local transmission in South Australia since the state’s borders reopened eight days ago.

Mr Weatherill has appeared on Adelaide radio since his arrival, and was spotted dining with former MP John Rau and Mr Malinauskas at Parlamento restaurant, opposite the parliament, on Monday.

Mr Malinauskas said he had already decided to get tested before confirmation of Mr Weatherill’s diagnosis, and has revised his official schedule.

“I learned Jay Weatherill attended a high school reunion on Saturday where a COVID-positive case also attended,” he said.

“Upon hearing this news, out of an abundance of caution, I cancelled my planned appearance at a high school graduation tonight.”

While no further cases have yet been linked to it, the reunion at Theatre Bugs is now looming as a potential spreader event.

Anyone who attended between 2pm on Saturday and 2am on Sunday has been ordered to immediately get tested and quarantine.

The site has now been deemed by SA Health as a “close contact exposure location”.

Unvaccinated attendees during the exposure period will have to quarantine for “14 days since you were at the location”, while vaccinated contacts will be allowed out after seven days, but then must avoid high-risk settings, wear surgical masks and avoid vulnerable people.

More to come.

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