16 June 2021

COVID-19 update 16 June 2021: CHO advice following confirmed NSW COVID-19 case

WA Health has issued advice for travellers who have recently returned from New South Wales after a new locally-acquired COVID case was identified in that state.

All people who have arrived into WA from New South Wales from 9 to 16 June are asked to checked the exposure sites on the NSW Health website.

WA’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson, said anyone who had visited the exposure sites at the specified times should get tested immediately for COVID-19, quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure and then present for a day 11 COVID-19 test.

This advice applies to both lists on the NSW Health site ­– close and casual contacts are managed the same way.

“NSW Health is in the process of contact tracing the case and will notify WA Health if any close or casual contacts are found to be in Western Australia to allow for appropriate public health follow up to be taken,” Dr Robertson said.

“Any risk to WA remains very low but, again, the situation highlights the importance of remaining vigilant to prevent any spread of the virus or community transmission in this State.

“We will continue to monitor the situation in New South Wales very closely, as we do when any cases of this nature emerge, and will issue updated health advice if required.”

Any recent arrivals into WA from New South Wales should remain vigilant, get tested and isolate immediately if even mild symptoms develop.

WA Health continues to urge anyone with symptoms, such as a fever, headache, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to get tested for COVID-19 and to isolate until they receive a negative result.

For the latest WA information on COVID-19, including COVID clinic locations, visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website or telephone 13COVID (13 268 43).

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