31 August 2021

COVID-19 update 31 August 2021

WA Health has no reported new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

The State’s total remains at 1086. To date, 1058 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

WA Health is monitoring 19 active COVID-19 cases: three in hotel quarantine (three cases diagnosed in WA plus two cases diagnosed in New South Wales) and 16 crew members from the MV Ken Hou vessel.

Two NSW truck drivers reported as positive cases on Friday, 27 August, remain in hotel quarantine. They are included in NSW statistics because they tested positive in that state.

Twenty-four contacts of the two truck drivers have now been identified from exposure sites within WA. All have returned an initial negative test result and remain in home quarantine.

A list of exposure sites (external site) related to the NSW truck drivers is available on the HealthyWA website. Please continue to check in case more exposure sites are added. Anyone who visited these sites at the specified times and dates must:

  • quarantine immediately for 14 days and get tested on days two and 12
  • contact 13 COVID (13 268 43).

Regional testing is available at:

  • Norseman Hospital – 8am to 6pm
  • Southern Cross Hospital – 24/7 – phone ahead on 9081 2222
  • Kalgoorlie Health Campus – 8am to 6pm.

Metropolitan testing locations are available on HealthyWA.

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 1146 people were swabbed at State-run clinics. A list of all testing clinics is available on the HealthyWA website. To date, there have been 1,655,204 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 196,363 were from regional WA.


Yesterday, 22,369 vaccine doses were recorded in WA, of which 9309 were second doses. The total includes 5281 historic vaccine doses*. These figures represent vaccinations at State-run clinics and doses administered through the Commonwealth rollout**.

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

Donations to Afghan evacuees

There are strict COVID safety restrictions at WA hotel quarantine facilities and it is important people do not visit these locations, especially during quarantine periods.

The best way to can help is to make a financial donation through the Australian Red Cross Afghanistan Crisis Appeal (external site).

Border controls

New Zealand

In line with all other Australian jurisdictions, travel from New Zealand is now treated as travel from an international location. Approved travellers are required to enter 14 days of hotel quarantine.

New South Wales

Based on the latest health advice, New South Wales is now in the extreme risk (external site) category. This means travel from New South Wales to Western Australia is not permitted, except under strict conditions.

Other states

The Australian Capital Territory and Victoria are at medium risk (external site).

Queensland is a low risk category (external site), while South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory are considered very low risk (external site).


To date, 149 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – including 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 80 Delta strain.

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

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* Historic vaccine doses are vaccinations that were administered up to 10 days before the current date but were recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register since the last report.

** 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.