Western Australia Covid Update as of September 24, 2021

WA Health is reporting a new case of COVID-19 overnight, a female traveler returning in her 20s, who is in hotel quarantine.

The woman, who arrived in WA on a flight from NSW without an approved G2G pass on September 21, was pulled over by WA police at Perth Airport.

She was transferred to a quarantine hotel, tested positive for COVID-19 on September 23.

As required by WA’s border restrictions with NSW, the remaining 15 passengers on this flight are now in quarantine at appropriate premises.

Contact tracers identified 17 close and occasional contacts. As of noon today, 15 had so far tested negative for COVID-19, one test result pending and one yet to be tested.

The state total is now 1,095. To date, 1,080 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

WA Health is now monitoring six active cases of COVID-19 quarantined in hotels, including the case reported in today’s figures.

Contact tracers identified 47 close and casual contacts linked to a truck driver in New South Wales, who returned a positive PCR result for COVID-19 earlier this week. As of 1 p.m. today, 28 contacts had tested negative for COVID-19 with 11 test results pending and 10 people to be tested. All contacts will remain in quarantine as indicated.

A new location and additional duration have been added to the list of exhibition sites. These are posted on the HealthyWA and wa.gov.au websites.

People are advised to check the list of exhibition sites and get tested immediately if they have been at any of the sites. A list of all screening clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 586 people were swabbed at state-run clinics. To date, 1,748,720 COVID-19 tests have been performed in WA. Of these, 205,218 are from the WA region.

COVID-19 vaccination

Yesterday, 26,148 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were recorded in WA, of which 11,717 were second doses. The total includes 4,744 historic doses of the COVID-19 vaccine *. These numbers represent COVID-19 vaccinations at state-run clinics and doses administered as part of the Commonwealth deployment **.

There will be a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Perth Royal Show 2021 (link is external) which opens tomorrow.

A Roll up for WA information and reservation stand will be set up outside Optus Stadium for the Grand Final (external site), also tomorrow, and the latest vaccination TV commercial will be shown on the big screens.

Children in Western Australia aged 12 to 15 are now eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination (external site). Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit rollup.wa.gov.au (external site) to register and make an appointment for their children in this age group.

Community walk-in clinics are available for youth 16 and over (11 and 12) and school staff (external site). Reservations are not required, but it is recommended that registrations be made through a VaccinateWA account (external site) to facilitate registration. Proof of age is also required.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine (external site) is now available at select pharmacies in WA. To find a pharmacy offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, visit Vaccine Clinic Finder (external site) or findapharmacy (external site).

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit Coronavirus COVID-19: Vaccination Dashboard (external site) **.

Border controls

As of the end of next month, freight, transport and logistics workers must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to enter Western Australia from “high” or “risky jurisdictions”. extreme ”, based on the latest public health advice.

Changes to transportation, freight and logistics guidelines under the Emergency Management Act 2005 will further protect this highly mobile workforce.

Instructions include, but are not limited to, freight truck drivers, pilot / support vehicle drivers, movers, rail drivers and rail assistance crews, when such employees are to travel from or through a jurisdiction of “high” or “extreme” risk for work.

New guidance makes COVID-19 vaccination mandatory (external site) for WA port workers who board or work with exposed vessels. A pop-up vaccination clinic will be available at the port of Fremantle on September 30 to make it easier for workers to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

Victorian update

Based on the latest health advice, Victoria will be elevated to the extreme risk category (external site) from Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:01 am. This means that travel from Victoria to Western Australia will not be permitted.

In this category, exemptions for approved travelers were further restricted to Commonwealth and State officials, Members of Parliament, diplomats, and specialized or extraordinary circumstances as determined by the State Emergency Coordinator or Medical Officer of Health chief.

These approved travelers are subject to the following conditions, unless otherwise specified, and are required to:

  • undertake a mandatory hotel quarantine at a state quarantine facility for 14 days at their expense
  • get tested for COVID-19 on days one, five and 13
  • returned a negative COVID-19 PCR test within the past 72 hours
  • receipt of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, if eligible.

Other states

New Zealand

In accordance with all other Australian jurisdictions, travel from New Zealand is treated as travel from an international location (external site).

Variants

To date, 160 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia, including 53 Alpha strains, 15 Beta strains, one Gamma strain and 91 Delta strains.

Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19.

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