13 October 2021

COVID-19 update 13 October 2021

WA Health is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 overnight.

The State’s total remains at 1111. To date, 1092 people have recovered from the virus in WA.

As of 8pm last night, WA Health was monitoring 10 active COVID-19 cases, including eight people who are in hotel quarantine, one in Fiona Stanley Hospital from the vessel MV Stolt Sakura, and one aboard the Sakura.

Truck driver

Contact tracing teams are following up 53 close and casual contacts (11 close contacts and 42 casual contacts) of a truck driver who tested positive to COVID-19 in Victoria on 5 October. So far 49 people have returned a negative COVID-19 test result with the other results pending. Close contacts are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The driver, who is now in South Australia, was in WA between 30 September and 3 October, was potentially infectious during this time.

The risk to the public is considered to be low.

A list of exposure site (external site) and corresponding public health advice is published on the HealthyWA website. Anyone with concerns can contact 13 COVID.

Vessel update

One of the hospitalised crewmen remains in ICU in a stable condition. Yesterday, one crew member was discharged from hospital and transferred to hotel quarantine, while two in hotel quarantine were cleared of COVID and returned to the Sakura, bringing the total from the ship in hotel quarantine to five crew members.

The other crew members remain in isolation on board the vessel. WA Health will continue to work with the vessel and key maritime stakeholders regarding its ongoing management.

Returned diplomat

The returned diplomat and family remain in a quarantine facility. Contact tracing has identified 50 close and casual contacts including one family member who tested positive, all others continue to test negative for COVID-19. All close contacts will remain in quarantine for 14 days and will be managed by WA Health public health officials.


To date, all casual contacts to a person aboard Virgin flight VA722 from Adelaide to Perth on Friday 1 October have returned a negative COVID-19 test. Anyone who has been to an exposure location listed on the SA website (external site) should quarantine until they have been advised otherwise by Public Health. 

Testing clinics

Yesterday, 469 people were swabbed at State-run clinics. To date, there have been 1,810,385 COVID-19 tests performed in WA. Of those, 210,814 are from regional WA.

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

COVID-19 vaccinations*

Yesterday, 27,124 COVID-19 vaccine doses were recorded in WA – 14,621 of these were second doses. The total includes 5880 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)**.

Vaccination information:

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

Directions are being drafted to make vaccinations mandatory for Primary and community health workers.

Border controls

Information about border controls is available online. 


To date, 173 cases of variant strains have been detected in Western Australia – including 53 Alpha strain, 15 Beta strain, one Gamma strain and 104 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.