Georgina Adam is one of 10 South Australians who has been forced to quarantine again after staying on the same floor of the Playford medi-hotel as two men who later tested positive to coronavirus.

One of the 10 South Australians who has been ordered to quarantine for a second time after staying on the same floor of an Adelaide hotel as two COVID-positive men says she has been vaccinated and took “every precaution” while out in the community.

  • Georgina Adam has been ordered to self-isolate after two weeks in hotel quarantine 
  • She stayed on the same floor as two men who became infected at the Playford Hotel 
  • She had the Moderna vaccine while in Japan

Georgina Adam, 43, returned to Adelaide from Japan on April 19 and quarantined at the Playford medi-hotel until May 4. 
She stayed on the same floor as a Melbourne man who tested positive for coronavirus after staying at the hotel until last week, and genomic testing yesterday revealed his case was connected to another returned traveller who stayed in the adjacent room. 
Ms Adam said she had been “out and about” in the community for more than a week before she was contacted by SA Health. 
“I didn’t panic because I hadn’t felt any symptoms at all and I had done all of the testing, but yeah, I’ve been on the loose for eight or nine days … taking every precaution – but I’ve been out there,” she said. 
Ms Adam said she had been wearing a mask to the shops. 
“I do take every precaution, much to the amusement of a lot of other people who don’t believe in masks,” she said. 
Ms Adam’s trip to Japan was meant to be for three weeks but she ended up being there for 13 months after repeated cancelled flights. 
“I was really lucky in that I have family over there so I had a place to stay and was taken care of,” she said.
“I had my Moderna vaccine shots done, completed at the start of the year but my mum had started to get quite depressed and quite lonely so the only option then was to come back to Adelaide.
“I check my temperature regularly, as I did in Japan and I have had all my testing done,” Ms Adam said. 
“I just don’t think this is something that we can throw caution to the wind with, I don’t want my mother catching it, I don’t want my newborn nephew catching it, it pays to be a little bit cautious.” 
The Playford Hotel, where the two infected men were staying on the same floor. (ABC News: Eugene Boisvert
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Ms Adam is one of seven South Australians quarantining at home, while three others have returned to a medi-hotel because their homes were not suitable for self-isolating, Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said.
Another 24 interstate residents have been urged to do a 14-day quarantine but the South Australian government is unable to enforce it on them.
Ms Adam said she did not feel let down by the system and that she could not fault SA Health with the level of precaution taken within the medi-hotel. 
“They were so cautious about contamination. I’d be really interested to see how this thing has gotten out, I really would,” she said. 
“I think the only way we are going to get through this is if we all do our part, we all have to work together.” 
“If we have to change our behaviours a bit, so be it, if it’s to keep the more vulnerable people in our community safe  yeah I’ll quarantine  I don’t mind, if it’s peace of mind for the other 1.5 million Adelaidians out there, I don’t mind.” 
Earlier on Thursday, Professor Spurrier said CCTV from the Playford medi-hotel was still being looked at as part of their investigation into the transmission.