SEVENTEEN City of Wanneroo residents and one Shire of Gingin resident have tested positive for COVID-19, according to heat maps released by Health Minister Roger Cook.
The maps available on the Department of Health website show confirmed cases of COVID-19 by local government area – but not the exact location of where the people live.
To date WA has 392 positive cases with 14 people in ICU.
Twenty-seven cases from the Artania cruise ship are not accounted for on the maps and 20 other cases have also been excluded – though no reason was supplied for this omission.
This morning Mr Cook said there were 28 new cases of coronavirus overnight with 19 cases in the metropolitan area and nine regional cases.
He announced changes to the testing criteria, which he said would help find new individual cases and if there is community transmission of the coronavirus.
From tomorrow Thursday, April 2 the expanded testing criteria will allow any one from the general public presenting with BOTH a fever (greater than 38°C) AND an acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat) to be tested.
Mr Cook also said anyone working in a high-risk setting who presented with EITHER a fever (greater than 38°C) OR an acute respiratory infection would be tested.
He said this included healthcare workers (including aged care and disability workers) and WA police officers.
Testing will also be arranged for anyone from the following high-risk settings where two or more people are experiencing EITHER a fever (greater than 38°C) OR an acute respiratory infection:
- aged and residential care;
- rural and remote Aboriginal communities;
- detention centres;
- correctional facilities;
- boarding schools;
- military barracks or equivalent;
- geographically localised areas with increased risk of community transmission; and
- cruise ship passengers or returned travellers (international and domestic).
The age of those who tested positive overnight range from four to 69 years.
Seven of the cases are overseas travellers, eight are close contacts of those travellers, nine are health workers, three are cruise ship travellers and one case was still under investigation.
So far two people have died and by yesterday 48 people had recovered.
There are now seven COVID clinics open across the metropolitan area and one regional clinic operating at Bunbury Health Campus.
The COVID clinics are open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm – this includes clinics in Joondalup and Midland.
He said people seeking testing in regional areas should go to a public hospital, health service or remote health clinic.
Further details on the clinics can be found at https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics