16 November 2021

COVID-19 update 16 November 2021

WA Health is reporting three new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

The new cases, whom are arrivals from overseas, are in hotel quarantine.

The State’s total stands at 1116. To date, 1103 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

Northern Territory

Based on the latest health advice, the Northern Territory has transitioned from 'very low risk' to 'low risk' border controls under Western Australia's controlled border effective from 4pm today (November 16). Visit the WA Government website (external site) for more details.


WA Health has contacted travellers into Western Australia on flights from Hobart to Perth on the evening of Sunday 14 November, following Hobart Airport being listed as an exposure site for COVID-19.

Arrivals who are identified as close or casual contacts as per the Tasmanian Government exposure sites website, during the relevant times, are required to:

  • get tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours and on day 12
  • self-quarantine at a suitable premises for 14 days from date of exposure
  • wear a mask when transiting to self-quarantine premises and presenting for COVID-19 testing.

Travellers who are not identified as close or casual contacts, but who have transited through Hobart Airport at the specified time, are instructed to monitor themselves for symptoms, and present for COVID-19 testing if they become unwell.

Anyone who has recently arrived from Tasmania and has not visited any of the listed venues should present for COVID-19 testing if they develop symptoms, and keep checking the list of exposure sites.

Western Australians are encouraged to stay vigilant and use SafeWA and mandatory contact registers to check into businesses and venues.

A list of testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.

Anyone who has been to an exposure location listed on the Tasmania website (external site) should quarantine until they have been advised otherwise by Public Health.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 182 people were swabbed at State-run clinics.

A list of all testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website.

COVID-19 vaccinations*

A new clinic opened in Ellenbrook yesterday.

Since vaccination numbers were reported yesterday, 14,892 COVID-19 vaccine doses were recorded in WA – 8,745 of these were second doses. There were 5,396 historic COVID-19 vaccine doses*. These figures represent COVID-19 vaccinations at State-run clinics and doses given as part of the Commonwealth rollout**.

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

Bookings are preferred but appointments are no longer required at State-run clinics in metropolitan Perth and regional areas.

Vaccination information:

Mandatory vaccinations apply to the following workers based on the latest public health advice. Further details are available online.

New Directions have been published:

The Directions define the workforce affected and work sites and sets deadlines for workers to provide their COVID-19 vaccination evidence.

Previously published Directions:

Directions are being drafted to make vaccinations mandatory for most occupations and workforces in Western Australia.

Border controls

Information about border controls is available online.


To date, 175 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – including 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 106 Delta strain. Visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website for the latest information on COVID-19.

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** 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 (external site) is also available to help you.