05 May 2021

COVID-19 update 5 May 2021

The Department of Health has reported two new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

Both are young children who have returned from overseas with their parents and are now in hotel quarantine.

The State’s total number now stands at 1010. WA Health is monitoring 26 active cases of COVID-19 and 975 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

The very weak positive result for a Collie man yesterday has been confirmed as historical.

In relation to the community cases announced last Saturday, 75 of the 108 identified close contacts have tested negative to COVID-19. Other tests are pending. The 75 who tested negative includes the other household members of the Pan Pac security guard.

The Department has identified and contacted 476 casual contacts, who have been directed for testing – 221 have so far tested negative.

Anyone who accepted a delivery from Uber Eats or Menulog between 29 April and 1 May or visited a restaurant in the list of sites (HealthyWA) (food and business) during the times indicated should monitor for COVID symptoms. While the risk is deemed to be low, these venues were briefly visited by persons who have since tested positive for COVID-19. Anyone who develops symptoms within 14 days are advised to get a COVID test and isolate until they get the results. If they remain asymptomatic, there is no action other than to monitor for symptoms.

To date, the WA Department of Health has administered 105,415 COVID-19 vaccinations, including 24,603 people who have received both doses. Yesterday, 2815 people were vaccinated.

The Commonwealth Government vaccination national roll-out figures can be found on the Australian Department of Health website (external site).

Yesterday 1140 people were tested at WA Health COVID clinics. In addition, 3315 people were also tested at private pathology clinics. Visit HealthyWA for information about COVID test locations (HealthyWA).

There have been 1,095,206 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 143,987 were from regional WA.

To date, 68 cases of variant strains of concern have been detected in Western Australia – including 52 of the B.1.1.7 strain, 15 of the B.1.351 strain and one of the P1 variant (Brazilian variant).

Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19. 

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Note: The cases of variant strains reported above are not new cases. Genome sequencing – to define the strain of the virus – is a separate laboratory process carried out after someone tests positive to COVID-19. All cases, regardless of strain, are managed by WA’s public health experts. The strains previously reported as the UK variant strain and South African variant strain will now be referred to as B.1.1.7 and B.1.351 respectively.