20 June 2021

COVID 19 update 20 June 2021: WA Health directions in relation to Queensland positive case

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.

“It’s also another timely reminder of why getting vaccinated is so important and I would again urge people to make their booking as soon as they are able to.”

Any recent arrivals into WA from Queensland and 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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