While the Premier has announced that Covid restrictions will continue until 4 January 2022, the good news seems to be the rate of community infection is nowhere as bad as we all feared. Hopefully there will be no restrictions after 4 January.
Today, WA Health has reported one new local COVID-19 case in Western Australia until 8pm last night. The new case is a close contact of the initial recent Case 1133.
This is in addition to yesterday’s one local case which was announced out of the reporting cycle and is included in today’s figures.
Both cases tested positive while in quarantine and are not considered to have been contagious while in the community.
This brings the total number of locally acquired cases to 10. All cases related to this outbreak are assumed to be Delta, following confirmation that this is the strain the index case has.
There are now 20 active confirmed cases in WA, 16 in State-run quarantine hotels and four in self-quarantine/hotel accommodation.
To date, WA Health has identified 608 close contacts and 1089 casual contacts.
WA Health’s contact tracing team is working to identify and follow up contacts and confirm exposure sites. See below information for exposure sites.
The State’s total stands at 1145, with 1116 people recovered.
Exposure sites are listed on the HealthyWA website . It’s likely more sites will be added and people are encouraged to keep checking the site regularly.
If you have been to an exposure site on the dates and times listed, or you are contacted directly by WA Health, you are urged to:
immediately isolate from others in your home.
get tested at a COVID-19 clinic, wear a mask and travel directly there.
continue to isolate until a negative result is returned, unless instructed otherwise by WA Health.
clinic locations are on the Healthy WA website.
4,737 Western Australians were swabbed at clinics yesterday.
WA Health is expanding testing capacity, including operating hours of clinics over the Christmas period. There are many clinics available – people are encouraged to check the HealthyWA website to find clinic locations and opening hours.
Private clinics are also available. Testing is available free of charge at private testing clinics for people who have been advised by WA Health to get tested.
With the hot weather, people are encouraged to plan ahead and bring a hat or umbrella, sunscreen and water, and to arrive 15 minutes before closing if possible.
On 26 December, 1,280,194 scans were recorded on the Safe WA App. This is a substantial increase, up from 172,296 scans recorded on 25 December 2021.
Information about Western Australia’s controlled border arrangements, conditions of entry and quarantine is available online.
COVID-19 State-run vaccination clinics administered 438 vaccines yesterday.
People are reminded that it is more important now than ever for everyone who has received their second dose of the COVID-19 five or more months ago to get their booster vaccination now without delay to ensure they have maximum protection again COVID-19. Do not wait till it is too late, act now and get vaccinated.
Here’s the latest WA vaccination figures.
Mandatory vaccination information
A mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for a majority of occupations and workforces in WA is being introduced in a phased approach. For more information on getting your COVID-19 vaccine, look here.
To date, 196 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – including nine Omicron strain, 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 118 Delta strain.
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