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COVID-19 latest updates from CME

Last updated – 2.00 PM, Sunday 20th June

WA Health has issued updated advice for travellers who have recently returned from Queensland after a public health alert was issued today.

Queensland Health issued the alert after a woman has tested positive for COVID-19.

The woman, in her 30s, had completed 14 days of hotel quarantine at 9am Saturday morning (19 June). She returned negative tests during hotel quarantine.

A follow-up test, shortly after leaving hotel quarantine on Saturday 19 June, as part of routine aircrew surveillance, came back positive on Saturday evening.

WA’s Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson said anyone who has recently arrived into WA from Queensland and has been to one of the listed exposure sites during the relevant times is required to get tested immediately and self-quarantine for 14 days and have 11-day testing.

Recently returned travellers from Queensland should continue to monitor the Queensland Health site.

A list of testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.

Queensland Health is in the process of contact tracing and will notify WA Health if any close or casual contacts are found to be in Western Australia.

“This will allow for the appropriate public health follow-up to be taken,” Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson said.

“The risk to WA is very low but it again highlights the importance of remaining vigilant to prevent any spread of the virus or community transmission in this State.

“The situation in Queensland will be monitored closely and updated health advice will be issued if required.

This Wednesday Western Australia will proceed to Phase 5 of eased restrictions, and remove all COVID-related capacity limits.

That means that all venues will be allowed to return to 100% of their pre-COVID capacity, and all major events will be able to occur with no limit on size or crowds.

Venues will still be required to maintain contact registers and use the SafeWA app and have COVID Safety Plans in place. COVID Event Plans will also still be required for major events.

WA’s controlled interstate border, and the international hard border, will remain in place.

WA Update

COVID WA Helpline: 1800 020 080

For the latest official updates on COVID-19 please visit https://www.australia.gov.au/ and https://www.health.gov.au

For information on mental health support please visit https://www.lifeline.org.au/ or call 13 43 57