COVID-19 update 21 May 2022

21 May 2022

COVID Cases in SA

There have been 3,171 new cases of COVID-19 reported in South Australia today. There are currently 24,840 active cases in South Australia.

Sadly, SA Health can confirm a woman in her 60s, a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s, a woman her 90s and a man in his 90s who tested positive for COVID-19, have passed away.

There are 211 people with COVID-19 in hospital, including 11 people in ICU. Of those hospitalised, 97 people have received three or more vaccine doses and 114 people are either unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status.

Yesterday we were made aware of 19 PCR samples that were missing after being collected from a metropolitan respiratory clinic. SA Pathology has contacted the patients and offered domiciliary visits and will prioritise their processing today.

Due to a reconfiguration of the data, the total number of cases has been readjusted.

Total case breakdown

  • New cases today - 3,171
  • Current active cases - 24,840
  • Total cases - 484,426
  • Total deaths - 424


The latest genome sampling from 1 to 15 May has found 99% of samples taken were BA.2.

*This figure will be updated as results are received, noting results are not reported daily.

COVID testing

Yesterday, 9,210 people received a PCR test in South Australia, which is an 18.2% decrease on the previous 24 hours. Of the test results returned yesterday, 1,578 PCR tests were positive, while 1,593 positive Rapid Antigen Test results were reported.

Vaccination update

Vaccination data was not available at the time of release.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please seek testing as soon as possible.

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For more information visit or call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787