Western Australia Covid update as at 11 October 2021

WA Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

The State’s total remains at 1110. To date, 1089 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

As of 8pm last night, WA Health was monitoring 12 active COVID-19 cases, including four people who are in hotel quarantine, four in Fiona Stanley Hospital from the vessel MV Stolt Sakura, and four aboard the Sakura.

Truck driver

Contact tracing teams are following up 34 close and casual contacts (10 close contacts and 24 casual contacts) of a truck driver who tested positive to COVID-19 in Victoria on 5 October. So far one person has returned a negative COVID-19 test result with the other results pending. Close contacts are required to undertake 14 days of self-quarantine.

The driver, who is now in South Australia, was in WA between 30 September and 3 October, was potentially infectious during this time.

The truck driver visited four service stations while he was in WA. His co-driver has returned a negative result.

The risk to the general public is considered to be low but Public Health officials will continue to review CCTV footage to identity additional close or casual contacts of the man.

A list of exposure site (external site) and corresponding public health advice is published on the HealthyWA website. Anyone with concerns can contact 13 COVID.

Regional testing is available at:

  • Norseman Hospital – 8am to 6pm.

Vessel update

There are now four crew members from the Sakura currently hospitalised, one is in ICU in a serious but stable condition. Three others are being managed on a respiratory ward and are in a stable condition.

The other crew members remain in isolation on board the vessel. WA Health will continue to work with the vessel and key maritime stakeholders regarding its ongoing management.

Two seafarers have been discharged from hospital and transferred into hotel quarantine, bringing the total in hotel quarantine from the Sakura to four. At this stage it is expected that the other crew members will remain in isolation on board the vessel unless they need to be transferred for medical treatment. WA Health will continue to work with the vessel and key maritime stakeholders regarding its ongoing management.

Returned diplomat

The returned diplomat and family remain in a quarantine facility. Contact tracing has identified 50 close and casual contacts including one family member who tested positive, all others continue to test negative for COVID-19. All close contacts will remain in quarantine for 14 days and will be managed by WA Health public health officials.

Adelaide

To date, all casual contacts to a person aboard Virgin flight VA722 from Adelaide to Perth on Friday 1 October have returned a negative COVID-19 test. Anyone who has been to an exposure location listed on the SA website (external site) should quarantine until they have been advised otherwise by Public Health.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 552 people were swabbed at State-run clinics. To date, there have been 1,804,405 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 210,241 are from regional WA.

A list of all testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.

COVID-19 vaccinations*

Since vaccination numbers were reported on 8 October, 60,917 COVID-19 vaccine doses were recorded in WA – 30,052 of these were second doses. The total includes 6129 historic COVID-19 vaccine doses*. These figures represent COVID-19 vaccinations at State-run clinics and doses given as part of the Commonwealth rollout**.

A school-based COVID-19 vaccination program will start this week. The program will incorporate school-based clinics at priority schools and transporting students to State-run clinics offering an easier and convenient opportunity for students to get vaccinated.

New and expanded COVID-19 vaccination clinics are opening across Perth including a new clinic at Perth Airport for FIFO workers as well as pop-up clinics in Armadale and Mirrabooka.

Everyone aged 12 years and over can now get vaccinated at the Claremont (Tom Wilding Pavillion, Gate 8 Ashton Avenue) and Joondalup (Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, inside western mall, next to Miss Maud, opposite Thingz) COVID-19 vaccination community clinics without an appointment. Opening hours vary (link to roll up page).

Walk-in community clinics are available for young people aged 16 years and over (year 11 and 12) and school staff (external site). It is recommended registrations are made through a VaccinateWA (external site) account to make it easier to check in. Proof of age is also required.

Western Australian children aged 12 to 15 years are 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 book appointments for their children in this age group.

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