SA reports 3715 COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths

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South Australia has reported seven more COVID-19 deaths as the number of new infections across the state also spiked.

Premier Steven Marshall said 3715 new cases were detected, 2978 through PCR swabs and 737 through rapid antigen tests.

Among the deaths reported on Wednesday, six were women aged from their 60s to their 90s, and one was a man in his 90s.

They take SA's death toll since the start of the pandemic to 26.

The number of people in hospital has fallen to 190, with 27 of those in intensive care and six on ventilators.

The number of health workers with the virus has grown to 524 while SA has 32,067 active infections.

The increase in cases comes as the state prepared to lift its bed capacity to care for patients and spread the load across more public hospitals as it braces for a peak in virus cases in coming weeks.

The government will move some non-virus public hospital patients to private facilities to boost total capacity for admissions to 500.

It will also lift intensive care unit beds to 60.

"The emergence of Omicron has changed the game. The severity of cases is lower but higher transmissibility means that there are more cases," Mr Marshall said.

"Just as we adapted our strategy for Delta, we are adapting our response to Omicron to ensure we once again rise to the challenges of the worldwide pandemic.

"This will mean a pivot from the original plan where the vast majority of COVID-positive patients were to be cared for at the Royal Adelaide Hospital."

Under the new arrangements, the RAH will take 300 patients, with up to 100 each in the Lyell McEwin Hospital and the Flinders Medical Centre.

Officials still expect 98 per cent of Omicron cases to experience mild-to-moderate symptoms and to be able to safely isolate in their own home.

One per cent of positive cases will require supported care, such as in hotel quarantine, with the remaining one per cent hospitalised.

Also on Thursday, South Australia will shift to requiring close contacts of virus cases to only have a RAT rather than a PCR swab.

People will be supplied with two free tests each to be used on days one and six, with a single collection point to be set up in the Adelaide parklands.

Up to 11 more collection sites will eventually be rolled across Adelaide and regional centres.

Logging a positive result from a test will be mandatory, with the government reversing a previous decision for reporting to be voluntary.

"We're keen to track every single one of those results," Mr Marshall said.

"While we think that 95 per cent of people would do the right thing, getting as many positive results into the system just improves that data."

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