01 June 2021

COVID-19 update 1 June 2021

The Department of Health has reported one new case of COVID-19 overnight in WA.

The man, in his 20s, a maritime crew member from the Allegra vessel, is in hotel quarantine.

The State’s total is now 1019.

The man presented to Fiona Stanley Hospital for an unrelated illness on Sunday, 30 May 2021 and had no COVID-19 symptoms.

As the man came off the ship, he wore appropriate PPE and health staff followed infection control processes and treated the man as they treat all maritime crew – as a suspected positive COVID case and he was tested for COVID-19.

Following his treatment at the hospital he was discharged back to the vessel.

The man returned an initial weak positive test result via GeneXpert but returned a negative confirmatory test (PCR).

This was repeated under an abundance of caution the following day, which returned a positive PCR test.

He was subsequently moved to hotel quarantine last night, where he will undertake 14 days’ quarantine.

WA Health is working with WA Police and Commonwealth authorities to manage the departure of the Allegra Vessel from the Kwinana Bulk Jetty.

Western Australia now has four active cases of COVID-19 ­– 1006 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

Yesterday, 1049 people were swabbed at WA Health COVID clinics.

For the latest WA vaccination figures, visit the COVID-19 Coronavirus: Vaccination dashboard.*

To date, 96 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – 53 of the B.1.1.7 strain, 15 of the B.1.351 strain, 27 of the B.1.617 strain (Indian variant) and one of the P1 variant (Brazilian variant).**

There have been 1,196,796 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 152,975 were from regional WA.

The State Government has issued advice for travellers who have recently returned from Victoria, and they are reminded to continue to monitor the Vic Health website for updated exposure locations.

A list of public and private testing clinics is available on the Healthy WA website.

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

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*Note 1: WA vaccination data for the WA COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard is sourced from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR). AIR is a national register maintained by the Australian Government that records all vaccines given to all people in Australia. WA data includes all COVID-19 vaccinations in WA, whether administered by WA Health, Australian Government providers or other providers (including GPs). WA previously reported only WA Health data. Note that the dashboard does not update until after 2pm Monday to Friday. A vaccine dashboard data interpretation guide is also available to help you.

**Note 2: 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.