WA Health is reporting a total of 6,874 new cases in the past week to 4pm 3 November 2022.
As of 4pm yesterday, there were 4,387 active cases in Western Australia.
These stats include cases diagnosed onboard cruise vessels in WA in this latest reporting period, resulting in a larger increase in cases then would be expected on current trends.
WA Health says these cases were identified through enhanced surveillance processes and there was no severe disease or deaths associated with these cases.
As at 4pm yesterday, there were a total of 142 people with Covid in hospital, with 3 in ICU.
Sadly, this week’s report to 4pm yesterday includes 17 deaths, dating back to 23 September 2022, which were reported to WA Health in the last week, aged from 67 to 96 years.
Total PCR tests for the timeframe were 8,674.
Total positive PCR tests for the timeframe were 1,621. Total positive rapid antigen tests (RATs) in this period were 5,253.
WA has recorded 1,181,640 cases since the Covid pandemic began.
Regional case data can be found in this Surveillance summary.
There was a 5% increase in PCR tests conducted in the current reporting week to 30 October 2022, compared to the previous reporting week, with the proportion of positive PCR tests reducing marginally over the course of the week with a 7-day average of 15.3%.
Overall, case numbers increased by 14% compared to the previous week. Cases diagnosed by PCR increased by 7% and RAT increased by 17%. The steady proportion of positive PCR tests over the past week is indicative of the persistent low level of COVID-19 cases circulating in the community.
Moving seven-day average case rates per 100,000 population increased across all public health regions except the Kimberley region, which had a decrease in case rates. The Goldfields region has the highest case rate with 36 cases/100,000 population during the current reporting week. The 7-day case rate for the Perth metropolitan area (33 cases/100,000 population) is tracking approximately 27% higher than Western Australia Country Health Service (WACHS) regions combined (26 cases/100,000 population).
The highest rates were observed in the 70+ years age group (41 cases/100,000 population), with the lowest rates being observed in the 0 – 9 years age group (18 cases/100,000 population).
Nationally, moving seven-day case rates appear to be tracking at a steady low level between 10 – 30 cases/100,000 people across all jurisdictions.
The 7-day average of hospitalised cases decreased by 20% from 172 in the last reporting week to 136 this week and intensive care unit cases remained unchanged at 6 this week. Please note that the definition for hospitalised cases changed during this current report week, resulting in an artifactual reduction in the number. New hospital admissions related to COVID-19 decreased by 20% from 51 in the last reporting week to 41 this week, and direct intensive care unit admissions decreased from six to two cases in the last reporting week.
There was a 157% increase in deaths reported in the current reporting week with 18 deaths reported compared to the 7 in the previous reporting week.
There were 162 cases in the Aboriginal population during the current reporting week, a 7% decrease in cases compared to the previous reporting week. Case rates in the Aboriginal population have declined further compared to the non-Aboriginal population, with the 7-day average rate ratio reducing to 0.65 in the past week. No deaths were reported in the Aboriginal population during the reporting period
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