21 May 2022

COVID-19 update: 21 May 2022

WA Health is reporting a total of 14,245 new cases to 8pm last night. There are currently 91,162 active cases in Western Australia.

To 8pm last night, there were 301 people with COVID-19 in hospital, 12 in ICU.

Sadly, today’s report includes the death of a man in his 90s dating back to 18 May, which was reported to WA Health yesterday.

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

Total case breakdown:

Region                        Active             (new to 8pm last night)
Metropolitan                73,388             (11,379)
Goldfields                      1,602                  (235)
Great Southern             2,025                  (343)
Kimberley                         593                  (110)
Midwest                         1,890                  (295)
Pilbara                           1,348                  (227)
South West                   7,313               (1,132)
Wheatbelt                      2,205                  (383)


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

Of the 14,245 cases, 4,905 were confirmed via PCR test, the remaining 9,340 were self-reported positive rapid antigen tests.

A total of 13,894 PCR tests were conducted at either state-run or private pathology clinics yesterday.

WA has recorded 638,709 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).*

People are encouraged to make a booking via Vaccinate WA.


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