20 May 2022

COVID-19 update: 20 May 2022

WA Health is reporting a total of 15,205 new cases to 8pm last night. There are currently 89,985 active cases in Western Australia.

To 8pm last night, there were 304 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 11 in ICU.

Sadly, today’s report includes five deaths which were reported to WA Health yesterday. The deaths date back to 14th of April and include a man and woman in their 90’s, a man in his 80’s, a man in his 70’s and a woman in her 60’s.

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

Total case breakdown:

Region                        Active             (new to 8pm last night)
Metropolitan                72,658             (12,254)
Goldfields                      1,601                  (279)
Great Southern             1,964                  (334)
Kimberley                         588                  (112)
Midwest                         1,832                  (290)
Pilbara                           1,249                  (222)
South West                   7,182               (1,171)
Wheatbelt                      2,125                  (357)


  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 (186) are yet to have a region assigned. Data will continue to be reconfigured as this information is verified.

Of the 15,205 cases, 5,559 were confirmed via PCR test, the remaining 9646 were self-reported positive rapid antigen tests.

A total of 14,990 PCR tests were conducted at either state-run or private pathology clinics yesterday.

WA has recorded 624,774 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.