16 May 2022

COVID-19 update 16 May 2022

WA Health is reporting a total of 12,266 new cases to 8pm last night. There are currently 88,934 active cases in Western Australia.

To 8pm last night, there were 314 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 11 in ICU.

Sadly, today’s report includes one death, which dates back to 13 May and was reported to WA Health yesterday - a woman in her 80s.

Due to confidentiality, no further information will be released by the Department.

Total case breakdown:

Region                        Active             (new to 8pm last night)
Metropolitan                73,114             (9,935)
Goldfields                      1,535                (222)
Great Southern             1,747                (278)
Kimberley                         598                  (68)
Midwest                         1,520                (240)
Pilbara                              955               (162)
South West                   6,738                (962)
Wheatbelt                      2,014                (309)


  1. This data is based on the residential postcode of each case. The case may have an isolation address in another region.
  2. The remainder of daily cases reported (90) are yet to have a region assigned. Data will continue to be reconfigured as this information is verified.

Of the 12,266 cases, 3,298 were confirmed via PCR test, the remaining 8,968 were self-reported positive rapid antigen tests.

A total of 11,319 PCR tests were conducted at either state-run or private pathology clinics yesterday.

WA has recorded 560,662 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Weekly cases, hospitalisations and ICU snapshots can be viewed here: WA COVID-19 data update (health.wa.gov.au)

Anyone experiencing symptoms should get tested immediately and isolate until they receive a negative result. Visit the HealthyWA website for a full list of testing clinics and opening hours (external site).

COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccination information is available on the WA COVID-19 dashboard (external site).*

To spread the demand across clinic operating hours and to avoid excessive wait times, people are encouraged to make a booking via Vaccinate WA.


Media contact: (08) 9222 4333* This dashboard updates at approximately 2pm AWST on weekdays.