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SA to take charge of new COVID-19 facility

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South Australian health officials will take charge of the state's new dedicated facility for positive COVID-19 cases in its latest bid to boost the security of quarantine arrangements.

Staff will be deployed to the Tom's Court Hotel in the heart of Adelaide from Monday ahead of the complex taking its first guests from February 15.

The facility has had ventilation systems upgraded to make it as safe as possible and has upgraded CCTV coverage.

The 72-bed site includes four apartment-style rooms to accommodate families and two purpose-built disability suites.

The new facility was promised after November's COVID-19 outbreak in Adelaide which was sparked by a guard in a quarantine hotel picking up the virus.

Premier Steven Marshall says South Australia will also consider adding an extra COVID-19 test for Australians returning from overseas to help ensure no cases are missed in hotel isolation.

Under current arrangements, anyone forced into quarantine in SA is tested on days one, five and 12.

But NSW has now introduced a test on day 16, which while not mandatory is highly recommended.

It's designed to pick up cases that might have developed at the tail end of the 14-day period.

Mr Marshall said South Australia would continue to follow the best medical advice when it came to keeping people safe.

"We'll look at that very carefully. If we need to do that in South Australia, that's what we'll do," he said.

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Photo: South Australian Premier Steven Marshall (AAP Image/Kelly Barnes)

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