Union Update 2021 #3

Tuesday 02 Feb 2021

Today, WA has recorded no new local cases of COVID-19 of the test results received. Updates on testing and case numbers, exercise directions, Sheraton Four Points Hotel and SAFE WA app

Please note an update to the Directions has been made in regards to exercise:

  1. A person whose home is in an affected area may leave home to exercise outdoors:
  • for no more than I hour per day; and
  • within a 5 km radius of their home, but only within the affected area; and
  • by themselves or with a group of up to a maximum of four other members of the same household provided that no more than two adult persons are members of the group.
  • Updated Directions can be found at https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/stay-home-and-closure-perth-peel-and-the-south-west-regions-directions-no-2

TESTING AND CASE NUMBERS  

  • Yesterday extended hours commenced at our COVID-testing clinics. 
  • All COVID clinics in the Perth metropolitan area will be open until 10pm for at least the remainder of the week. 
  • A new pop-up COVID clinic opened at The Rise in Maylands, to assist those who may have visited any of the exposure sites in Maylands.
  • There are currently 33 clinics across Perth, Peel and South West - For the full list of clinics, visit the Healthy WA website.
  • After a busy morning at our COVID clinics yesterday, the queues had reduced by late afternoon.
  • Yesterday, we performed a record amount of testing, across all our testing sites - In total, 16,490 tests were conducted.
  • As was announced late yesterday by the Health Department, we have recorded one historical case, based on overseas travel.
  • This is the man who travelled from Mexico and via NSW. Health have confirmed he was negative and not infectious while in WA.
  • Case 903 - the security guard. Extensive testing of contact tracing has been ongoing, in total, 151 close contacts have now been identified.
  • In addition, 68 casual contacts have also been identified.
  • Each of these contacts are being tested, and so far 104 have returned negative results.
  • As the contact tracing team continues its work, the number of contacts may increase. 

SHERATON FOUR POINTS HOTEL

  • Genome sequencing results have confirmed that the case of the security guard can be linked back to the UK variant present in two recently returned overseas travellers in that facility. 
  • One of those recent arrivals was accommodated on the same floor as the security guard.
  • We understand the guard did deliver medication to the door of this particular quarantine guest. 
  • Further investigations are underway to track down exactly how the case was transmitted.
  • In the meantime, we are taking an extra cautious approach at this facility, until we find out exactly what occurred.
  • As a result, no further overseas arrivals will be going into this quarantine facility at present.
  • Existing arrivals in quarantine at the Four Points hotel, who were due for release in coming days will remain in quarantine until they complete an additional negative test.
  • Anyone who has been recently released from this facility, going back to the 25th of January, are being contacted directly by our Health teams to instruct to remain in self-quarantine until they receive a further negative test result.

 SAFE WA 

  • The expanded contact register system came into effect from 6am this morning. 
  • That means, checking in via the SafeWA app at businesses such as retail venues, certain types of commercial transport, takeaway services, certain outdoor functions and gatherings, and visitors at all WA private and public hospitals 

G2G

  • The G2G system is available for those Western Australians who are permitted to travel outside of the lockdown zone, for approved reasons.

 

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