14 March 2021

WA Health advice following confirmed NSW COVID-19 case

WA Health has issued advice for travelers who have recently returned to Perth from New South Wales, following a public health alert issued for parts of Sydney today.

New South Wales Health (external site) issued the alert following the detection of a positive COVID-19 case in a security guard who worked at two Sydney quarantine hotels accommodating returned overseas travelers.

WA’s Chief Health Officer Dr Andrew Robertson said while the risk is deemed to be low, any Western Australians who visited the following NSW locations at the stated times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and quarantine until March 27 – 14 days from March 13 when the case was considered to be infectious.

New South Wales locations:

Venue name, location Suburb Date  Time
Angelo Anestis Aquatic Centre Bexley Saturday 13 March 2021 9.00am - 9.30am
Pancakes on the Rocks Beverley Hills Saturday 13 March 2021 10.45am - 12.00pm (midday)

The man also caught a train from Hurstville, in Sydney at 6:30pm on Friday 12 March and then from Sydney to Hurstville, leaving at 7:00am on Saturday March 13.

Dr Robertson said similar to yesterday’s positive case in Queensland, NSW Health was contact tracing the case and would notify WA Health if any close or casual contacts were found to be in Western Australia.

“We believe any risk to WA remains very low,” Dr Robertson said.

“We will continue to monitor the situations in Queensland and NSW very closely and will issue updated health advice if required.”

Dr Robertson also said that any recent arrivals into WA from Queensland and NSW should remain vigilant and to get tested and isolate immediately if even mild symptoms developed.

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 in line with the normal health advice.

For the latest WA information on COVID-19, including specific COVID clinic locations, visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website or telephone 13 COVID (13 26843).

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