24 May 2021

COVID-19 update 24 May 2021: WA Health advice following confirmed Victorian COVID-19 cases

WA Health has issued advice for travellers who have recently returned from Victoria, as a public health alert is issued for parts of Melbourne today.

Victorian Department of Health and Human Service (DHSS) issued the alert following the detection of positive COVID-19 cases in the Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

WA’s Acting Chief Health Officer Dr Paul Armstrong said anyone who had visited exposure sites (external site) in Victoria at the relevant times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.

“All other travellers from Victoria since 6 May 2021 should remain vigilant,” he said.

“If you develop symptoms, get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.”

Anyone who has travelled from Victoria is asked to continue to monitor the Vic Health website (external site) for updated exposure locations.

Dr Armstrong said Vic Health was in the process of contact tracing the cases and he would be notified if any close or casual contacts were found to be in Western Australia for follow up by the public health team.

“We will continue to monitor the situation in Victoria very closely and issue updated health advice as and when required,” he said.

“This is a good reminder that if you are eligible for vaccination you should take up the opportunity as soon as possible.”

WA Health continues to urge anyone with symptoms, such as a fever, headache, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to get tested for COVID-19 and to isolate until they receive a negative result.

For the latest WA information on COVID-19, including COVID clinic locations, visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website or telephone 13COVID (13 26843).

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