Western Australia Covid update as at 28 January 2022

COVID-19 update 28 January 2022

WA Health is reporting 9 new local cases and 1 travel-related case up until 8pm last night.

All 9 local cases are linked to the current Omicron outbreak.

  • One case is a close contact linked to the Willagee IGA sub-cluster
  • Three are linked to the nightclub club cluster; with two from the Library Nightclub and one from the Hip-E Club.
  • One is a close contact of the Coolbellup cluster
  • Two cases are from the Wheatbelt with one in Cunderdin and one in Goomalling; and
  • Two cases are under investigation to pinpoint the source of infection.

All cases are now in quarantine and public health continue to investigate and monitor them. Several of today’s cases have been in infectious while in the community.

Contact tracers are working with these cases to determine potential public exposure sites and these will be uploaded to the HealthyWA website when confirmed.

WA Health is also reporting one case who is an interstate traveller.

There are currently 114 confirmed active cases in WA. Of these, 13 are in hotel quarantine, 99 are in self-quarantine, and 2 are in hospital.

Hospitalisations:

Two cases, previously reported, are in hospital, with one in ICU.

Wheatbelt:

WA Health is urging anyone with symptoms in the Wheatbelt to be tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result, following yesterday’s report of a confirmed COVID-19 case in the region.

Wheatbelt (Western) Testing Clinics:

Beverley Health Service (08) 9646 3200 1 Sewell Street,

Beverley Cunderdin Health Centre (08) 9635 2222 55 Lundy Avenue,

Cunderdin Dalwallinu Health Service (08) 9661 0200 Myers Street,

Dalwallinu Goomalling Health Service (08) 9629 0100 52 Forrest Street,

Goomalling Northam Health Service (08) 9690 1300 50 Robinson Street,

Northam Wongan Hills Health Service (08) 9691 1222 Lot 199 Ackland Street,

Wongan Hills Wyalkatchem-Koorda Health Service (08) 9692 1222, 9 Honour,

Wyalkatchem York Health Service (08) 9641 0200 9 Trews Road, York

Testing:

A full list of testing clinics is available on HealthyWA website.

Anyone in the Perth, Peel, Wheatbelt and the South West regions – particularly the greater Bunbury area – experiencing any symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result. This applies to anyone symptomatic – even if you have not visited a listed exposure site.

Exposure sites

WA Health’s contact tracing team continues to identify a new range of exposure sites linked to new cases and it is likely exposure sites will be updated or added. Please continue to check exposure sites regularly, these are listed on the HealthyWA website.

WA Health does not list exposure sites where it has identified all potential contacts or locations that could potentially identify individuals.

Testing advice

People are urged to continue to check the exposure sites page of the HealthyWA website for updates, and if they have been to an exposure site to follow the listed health advice.

Anyone in the Perth, Peel, the South West and wheatbelt regions experiencing symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result.

A full list of testing clinics and opening hours is available on HealthyWA website.

Testing figures

7,497 people were swabbed at WA clinics yesterday.

Vessels

WA Health is communicating with a vessel off the WA coast which is reporting positive Rapid Antigen Tests for some of the crew. Authorities are in communication with MV ‘Ballard’ which was expected to dock in Bunbury on February 3.

WA Health continues to closely monitor two other vessels off the WA coast, both reporting probable COVID cases on board through returned positive Rapid Antigen Tests.

All positive crew members on board these vessels are isolating in their cabins and being monitored safely.

New information for the community about managing COVID-19

New information about managing COVID-19 at home and in the community is on the HealthyWA website.

SafeWA

Yesterday, 2,112,986 scans were recorded on the SafeWA app. It is important for everyone to check using SafeWA or the ServiceWA app will help authorities contact those who may be at risk quickly and effectively.

Border controls

Information about Western Australia’s controlled border arrangements, conditions of entry and quarantine is available online.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Yesterday, 37,621 COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in vaccination clinics in Western Australia.

WA Health is urging parents to vaccinate their children before the start of the new school year. There are approximately 500 paediatric appointments remaining between today and Sunday at PCEC.

Demand for vaccinations and third doses is increasing. To spread the demand across clinic operating hours and to avoid excessive wait times, people are encouraged to make a booking via Vaccinate WA.

As from 31 January 2022, based on the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommendations, Western Australians 18 years and older will be eligible for their COVID-19 booster vaccination, three months following the second dose of the primary course.

Vaccination is the best defence against serious illness or death relating to theCOVID-19 and we encourage everyone that is eligible for their third dose not to delay and book an appointment on VaccinateWA.

Vaccinations are also available at GPs, pharmacies and community clinics.

Children’s vaccinations

WA Health is urging parents to vaccinate their children before the start of the new school year. There are approximately 500 paediatric appointments remaining between today and Sunday at PCEC.

Additional appointments for children aged 5 to 11 have been added at State-run clinics until January 30 and these can be booked online at VaccinateWA.

There are paediatric vaccine bookings available this week at the dedicated paediatric vaccination clinic at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC). Increased children’s vaccinations will also be available at Kwinana and Ellenbrook vaccination clinics. All other appointments booked at the PCEC clinic will continue as scheduled.

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard (external site)**. For the latest Commonwealth data visit the Vaccination Numbers and Statistics website.

Mandatory vaccination information

A mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for most occupations and workforces

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