|Key Changes from Yesterday
WHAT HAPPENED: The State Government does not really know yet how this broke out. WA Police have been tasked to conduct their own investigation, together with a review by the former Chief Health Officer. Spreading by common aircon has been ruled out.
LOCATIONS VISITED BY CONFIRMED CASE: A new location has been added. If you have been here, please get tested. You can view the locations here: https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/Locations-visited-by-confirmed-cases
TESTING LOCATIONS: Anyone who has attended a location visited by a confirmed case needs to be tested and quarantine until the result is known. A list of testing locations is available here: https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/covidclinics
COLES & WOOLWORTHS: Are opening an hour earlier to help avoid the rush to get supplies. Please check your local store for more information.
QR CODE CHECK-IN: The check-in that has operated at restaurants and pubs will now also apply from 6am tomorrow at most locations you enter. This helps with contact tracing.
MASKS: Must be worn when outside your home at all times, even during exercise (unless you are swimming). Kids under 12 do not have to wear a mask.
EXERCISE: Max of one hour, up to five kilometres from home.
TRAVEL: Lockdown measures are in place for Perth, Peel and the South West. Perth and Peel have been combined and are considered one region, so you can for essential purposes travel within that region. There are 15 checkpoints across the state.
STRAIN: Confirmed UK variant of concern B117.
WA Government: www.wa.gov.au
Lockdown Map and Information: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-lockdown
Mental health support: https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19-support
I have been receiving many questions from our community about masks and when they are required.
Masks must now be worn outside of your place of residence, in your vehicle when there are other people with you, or when you leave home for the following reasons:
– Shopping for essentials, groceries, and medical supplies
– Medical, health needs or looking after the vulnerable
– Exercise, within your own neighbourhood, with only one other person for one hour per day
– Work, where you cannot work from home
A number of locals have contacted me asking how they should get masks if they don’t have them already, given they will have to leave the house.
You can leave the house without a mask if you are on the way to get some – I encourage you to contact our local pharmacies to make sure they have some in stock before you do.
If you have trouble finding masks, or your health puts you at risk, please get in contact with me and we will do our best to assist you.
TESTING AND CLOSE CONTACTS
Overnight, Western Australia has recorded no further local cases of COVID-19.
We’ve also recorded no new overseas cases in hotel quarantine.
Yesterday, 3,171 tests were conducted at our public COVID clinics.
In total, 13 close contacts have now tested negative.
And of those, 11 high risk have been moved into hotel quarantine, as an extra precaution.
To date, 66 close contacts have been identified, all of which have been tested or will be today and will remain in quarantine.
If you meet the criteria for testing it is important you get tested as soon as possible.
Anyone in WA can be assessed for a COVID-19 test if they present with ANY of the following:
– a fever of 37.5°C or above
– a documented history of a fever in the last few days
– an acute respiratory infection (e.g. shortness of breath, cough, sore throat)
– acute loss of smell or taste
A list of potential exposure locations can be found by visiting https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/…/Locations-visited-by…
The full list of testing locations is listed below, including several private pathology collection centres which can be accessed free of charge.
If you are attending a private pathology collection centre, ensure you bring your Medicare card with you.
GP referrals are not currently needed to access private pathology testing.
DRIVE THROUGH COVID-19 TESTING LOCATIONS
– Armadale/Forrestdale – Cnr Ranford Rd and Armadale Rd, Forrestdale.
– Booragoon – 4B Shields Crescent Booragoon.
– Claremont Showgrounds – 1 Graylands Rd, Entry via Gate 6.
– Greenfields (Mandurah) – 73 Gordon Rd, Greenfields.
– Hocking – 1/21 East Rd, Hocking.
– Joondalup – Neil Hawkins Park 200 Boas Ave, Joondalup.
– Lathlain – 158 Orrong Rd Lathlain.
– Midland – Midland Sports Complex 45 Paterson Drive, Middle Swan.
– Mount Hawthorn – 391 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn.
– Myaree – 5 Playle St, Myaree.
– Osborne Park – 310 Selby St North.
– Mandurah – Peel Health Campus, 110 Lakes Rd.
– Airport – 16 Grogan Road.
– Wangara – 66 Prindiville Drive.
– Victoria Park – 458 Albany Highway.
– Inglewood – 969-971 Beaufort Street.
– Busselton – 32A Cook Street.
– Bunbury – 207 Spencer Street (enter from Constitution St, at rear of the car park).
Some drive through COVID-19 testing locations require an appointment prior to attending.
For more information, and to check opening times visit https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/covidclinics.
PRIVATE PATHOLOGY COLLECTION CENTRES
– Duncraig Western Diagnostic Pathology Collection Centres – Unit 11, 209 Warwick Road
– Myaree Western Diagnostic Pathology Collection Centres – 9 Hayden Court
– Rockingham Western Diagnostic Pathology Collection Centres – 11 Council Avenue
– Forrest Lakes (Thornlie) Australian Clinical Labs – 36 Murdoch Road
– Mandurah Australian Clinical Labs – Unit 2G, 11B Smart Street
– Mirrabooka Australian Clinical Labs – Unit 8, 37 Yirrigan Drive
– Ocean Reef Australian Clinical Labs – Unit 2, 4 Prendiville Ave
– Subiaco Australian Clinical Labs – Unit 4, 400 Barker Road
– Booragoon Clinipath Collection Centres – 45 Shields Crescent
– Fremantle Clinipath Collection Centres – 201 High Street (parking at rear)
– Lathlain Clinipath Collection Centres – 158 Orrong Road
– West Leederville Clinipath Collection Centres – Unit 1A, 2 McCourt Street (parking under building)
Some Private pathology collection centres require an appointment prior to attending.
For more information and to check opening times visit the private pathology collection centres external website.
COVID-19 TESTING CLINICS
– Armadale Health Service – Ground Floor, 3056 Albany Highway, Mount Nasura
– Fiona Stanley Hospital – Bedbrook Row, north-eastern end of hospital, Murdoch
– Joondalup Hospital – Car Park P4, Regents Park Road, Joondalup
– Rockingham General Hospital – Elanora Drive, Cooloongup
– Royal Perth Hospital – Ground Floor, Ainslie House, 48 Murray Street, Perth
– Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – C Block, Hospital Avenue, Nedlands (Car park entry off Winthrop Ave only)
– St John of God Midland Hospital – Yelverton Drive, Midland
– Bunbury Health Campus – 30m left of the main entrance, Bussell Highway (cnr Robertson Drive).
For information on testing locations and to check opening times visit: https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/covidclinics.
WA’s mandatory contact register system, SafeWA, will be expanded.
The expansion includes businesses such as retail venues, certain types of commercial transport, takeaway services, certain outdoor functions and gatherings, and visitors at all WA private and public hospitals.
The expanded SafeWA system will now come into effect from 6am tomorrow.
This will now also include takeaway services.
You must scan in from 6am tomorrow.
Every venue also needs to provide a paper-based contact register system as well, so if you do not have the app, you can leave your name.
People are permitted to visit the shops to pick up groceries.
We urge people to be reasonable and only take what you need.
There will be enough supplies for everyone.
To assist, Coles and Woolworths are permitted to open an hour earlier, from 7am over the course of this week.
This is primarily to help older Western Australians, and to help limit the rush.
Please check if your local store is opening earlier, as that is up to each individual store.
Also, non-essential retail shops are now closed, as part of this five –day lockdown.
REGIONAL TRAVEL INFORMATION.
As you know, the Perth metropolitan area, the Peel region and the South West region are now in lockdown.
Anyone in these regions should not leave during the lockdown period.
People can enter Perth, Peel or the South West only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements, or to return to their home.
WA Police have established 7 checkpoints in the Perth area and another eight in the regions.
Non-residents currently in Perth, Peel and the South West are required to remain until the end of the restriction period, unless you meet an exceptional circumstance.
Police will ask you to simply justify why you need to be out and about during the lockdown.
If you need to travel between regions, please ensure you have supporting evidence, like a letter from your employer or evidence of a medical appointment.
For the purposes of this lockdown, like we did early last year, Perth and Peel are treated as one region, so if people do need to travel for one of the four reasons, they can do so between Perth and Peel.
A G2G Pass system for this regional lockdown is in development and is expected to be rolled out later today.
This is like the system we had in place when we had regional travel restrictions.
People are required to stay at home unless they undertake duties as an essential worker who provide either an essential health service or essential goods and services.
Read the latest government definition here: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/covid-communications/covid-19-coronavirus-essential-workers
SUMMARY OF LOCKDOWN RESTRICTIONS
People are required to stay at home unless they need to:
- work because they cannot work from home or remotely;
- shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies;
- medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable; and
- exercise with only one other person, limited to one hour per day in your neighbourhood and masks must be worn.
Masks are to be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence, this includes at workplaces and on public transport.
Schools will be closed for this week. Term 1, 2021 was due to start from February 1 but that will be postponed by one week.
The following restrictions apply for the lockdown period:
- People should not leave Perth, Peel or the South-West during this period;
- People can enter Perth, Peel or the South-West only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements;
- Non-residents currently in Perth, Peel and the South-West are required to remain until the end of the restriction period however if you must leave for serious reasons; you are to then return home immediately, stay home and tested if symptoms develop;
- Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway service only;
- Elective surgery and procedures for categories 2 and 3 will be suspended from Tuesday, February 2. Category 1 and urgent category 2 surgery will continue;
- No visitors will be allowed in homes, unless caring for a vulnerable person or an emergency;
- No visitors to hospitals or residential aged care and/or disability facilities, unless there are exceptional circumstances;
- No weddings will be permitted;
- Funerals are limited to 10 people; and
- Travel remains prohibited within remote Aboriginal communities.
The following facilities within the Perth metropolitan, Peel and South-West regions will need to close:
- Schools, universities, TAFES and education facilities;
- Pubs, bars and clubs;
- Gyms and indoor sporting venues;
- Playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor recreational facilities;
- Cinemas, entertainment venues, and casinos;
- Large religious gatherings and places of worship; and
- Libraries and cultural institutions.
HELPFUL LINKS FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION:
Directions for the Stay at Home and Closure (Perth, Peel and the South West Regions) can be found at https://www.wa.gov.au/government/publications/stay-home-and-closure-perth-peel-and-the-south-west-regions-directions
Further information about the lockdown can be found at: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/perth-metro-peel-and-south-west-enter-hard-lockdown
The list of potential exposure sites can be found here: https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/Locations-visited-by-confirmed-cases
A list of COVID clinics and opening times are here: https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/COVID-clinics
The COVID information line is: 13 COVID (13 26843)