New Wanneroo COVID-19 cases and more people tested

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Expanded testing criteria has resulted in 912 people presenting to COVID clinics in the metropolitan area yesterday resulting in 569 people being swabbed. File picture

 

TEN new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the City of Wanneroo since April 1 taking the local government area’s total to 27 while WA has recorded its third COVID-19 related death.

The Shire of Gingin still has the one positive test result.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the expanded testing criteria had resulted in 912 people presenting to COVID clinics in the metropolitan area yesterday with 569 of those people being swabbed – this compared with 298 being swabbed the day before when the criteria was more restricted.

Mr Cook said a man in his 60s, who was a passenger from the cruise ship Artania, died overnight at Joondalup Health Campus.

The state recorded 22 new cases – three of them in the Wheatbelt region – of COVID-19 overnight bringing the state’s total to 422.

Of the confirmed cases, nine are from the Artania and 10 are from metropolitan Perth.

Mr Cook said outside of the Artania cases eight of today’s cases are related to cruise ships and three to overseas travel with two cases still under investigation.

As with all new confirmed cases, contact tracing was underway.

There are 56 confirmed COVID-19 patients in Perth metropolitan hospitals, with 16 in ICU.

To date, 16,022 Western Australians have tested negative for COVID-19 – of these 2278 are from regional WA.

WA has 92 recovered cases.

From Thursday, April 2 the testing criteria for COVID-19 was expanded at all COVID clinics to include a general member of the public who presents to a COVID clinic with BOTH a  fever of 38°C or above AND an acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat).

Anyone working within a high-risk setting that presents to a COVID clinic with EITHER a fever of 38°C or above OR an acute respiratory infection will be tested.

This includes healthcare workers (including aged care and disability workers) and WA Police Officers.

At a press conference today Mr Cook said in the Kimberley region anyone presenting with EITHER a fever (≥38°C) OR an acute respiratory infection would be tested.

If you live in the Perth metropolitan area or in Bunbury you will need to attend a COVID-19 Clinic.

  • If you live in a regional area, you should go to a public hospital, health service or remote health clinic.
  • If you are very unwell (such as experiencing shortness of breath) and need urgent medical help call 000.
  • If you attend an emergency department at a hospital, please let staff know immediately on arrival of your symptoms and your travel history.

For general queries or for further advice on how to seek medical attention, phone the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

If a non-English speaker needs help, please contact the Translating and Interpreting Service (external site) or phone 131 450.

Premier Mark McGowan said effective from midnight on Sunday, April 5 people will no longer be able to enter Western Australia without an exemption.

Mr McGowan said the government had taken the extraordinary, but necessary step to introduce a hard border closure to further protect the community from the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said exemptions were being finalised and will include people who perform work functions such as:

  • health services;
  • emergency service workers;
  • transport, freight and logistics;
  • specialist skills, not available in WA;
  • national or State security and governance; and
  • courts and judicial services.

There will also be exemptions for FIFO workers and their families, however strict 14-day self-isolation measures will need to be followed when they first enter the State.

Further exemptions will also be permitted based on specific compassionate grounds.

The WA Department of Health advises practising good hand and sneeze-cough hygiene:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet.
• Cover your cough and sneeze, dispose of tissues, and wash your hands.
• If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5m from people).