Mayor negative, MPs self-isolating

MEETING: The group came into contact with Senator Rex Patrick, centre, at the Whyalla Airport on Saturday, March 14.
MEETING: The group came into contact with Senator Rex Patrick, centre, at the Whyalla Airport on Saturday, March 14.

Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin has tested negative for coronavirus as the fallout from Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick's positive COVID-19 result continues.

Mayor McLaughlin, Whyalla City Council Acting CEO Kirsten Clark, Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey and Member for Giles Eddie Hughes all came into contact with Senator Patrick at the Whyalla Airport on Saturday, March 14.

The press conference focused on the federal government's plans to install security screening at regional airports and the significant costs it would impose on councils.

It was later reported that Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg, a colleague Senator Patrick had been in contact with prior to the meeting, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Senator Patrick then began self-isolating and was tested on Saturday for the virus, returning a positive result.

Both Rowan Ramsey and Eddie Hughes have self-isolated, with Mr Hughes getting tested for COVID-19 at the Whyalla drive-through clinic.

"The directive from the Department of Treasury and Finance is to close my office at the Westland Shopping Centre," Mr Hughes said.

Mr Ramsey said the advice he had received from his GP, the COVID-19 hotline and website did not recommend that he be tested for the virus.

"I will be self isolating until 10am on Saturday unless I show symptoms," he said.

Mayor McLaughlin was tested on Friday at the Whyalla Hospital drive-through clinic and subsequently advised of her negative result on Monday, March 23.

Mr Clark will be tested and is self-isolating.