Western Australia has recorded a new case of Covid-19 following an outbreak of the virus, as three schools remain closed for a deep clean-up.
Premier Mark McGowan said a 32-year-old woman who attended Mobius Health and Performance gymnasium in Joondalup had “minimal contact” with case 1022 – a 51-year-old woman who caught the virus of the Lyfe Cafe in Bondi.
“This is of course a worrying development,” McGowan told reporters on Monday.
“WA Health is currently collecting and making contact with contacts for Case 1023.”
As for the first woman to be infected – a physiotherapist – Mr McGowan said 114 of his close contacts have been identified, tested and quarantined.
Of those, 27 had returned negative test results so far.
At 11 a.m. this morning, the Department of Health recorded a new local case of COVID-19 in Washington state. pic.twitter.com/eeS7a2yGzR
– Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) June 28, 2021
Mr McGowan said 1,036 of his casual contacts have also been identified, five of whom have so far returned a negative test result.
“We expect more results to be obtained shortly, as well as additional close and occasional contacts identified and contacted as our contact tracing teams do their essential work,” he said.
â€œIt is encouraging to note that 962 of these casual contacts were identified through the Safe WA app.
â€œSo please keep using Safe WA – it is one of the most important tools we have to help us bring this deadly virus under control. “
Regarding the outbreak at the Northern Territory mine site, Mr McGowan said there were still 177 close contacts in Western Australia who were working at the mine site during the infectious period. So far, 149 had tested negative.
“It is essential that everyone remains vigilant,” said Mr. McGowan.
More than 8,000 tests were performed on Sunday and long queues continued at test sites on Monday.
New locations have also been added to the exhibit site list including Craigie Leisure Center, Mullaloo IGA, Mirror Park Toilets at Ocean Reef and The Shaggy Chic Shack at Ocean Reef.
the complete list will be released online soon, including additional exposure times for the gymnasium.
In a social media post, the Craigie Leisure Center said the town of Joondalup has closed the facility for a thorough cleaning.
â€œAt this point, it is expected that the facility will reopen Thursday at 5 am,â€ the post read.
â€œThe health and safety of our clients and staff at our Recreation Center remains the City’s top priority and the City will continue to be guided by relevant health boards. “
Restrictions were reimposed in the Perth and Peel regions for at least three days after the physiotherapist tested positive for Covid-19 and visited several schools while it was contagious.
The woman is said to have contracted the highly contagious Delta strain of the virus.
Mr McGowan did not rule out the possibility of a lockdown if the situation worsens.
The three schools that have been closed for a deep clean are:
- Burbridge School due to the exhibition on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Koondoola Primary School due to the exhibition on June 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Connolly Elementary School due to the exhibit on June 24 from 11:30 am to 2 pm
â€œContact tracing is ongoing for high-risk, close and casual contacts,â€ the WA Department of Health said.
At Connolly Elementary School, the entire 5th grade class is seen as close contact.
They must be tested and quarantined for 14 days.
In a social media post, Burbridge School said it was expected that all three schools would reopen on Tuesday.
â€œThe temporary closure of these three schools is based on a health emergency, so the WA Department of Health, as the lead agency, will keep the Department of Education informed of health advice to deal with the spread of Covid -19 â€, the post read.
â€œThe Ministry of Health will also advise the Director General of Education on when it will be possible to reopen schools. “
New restrictions implemented over the weekend for the Perth and Peel regions include the requirement to wear masks, a capacity of 150 people at venues and the 2mÂ² rule is also back.
Western Australia also changed its border rules for some jurisdictions on Sunday evening.
The Northern Territory, Queensland and ACT joined Victoria as â€œlow riskâ€ jurisdictions.
This means travelers must self-quarantine for 14 days and be tested for coronavirus within 48 hours of arrival and on Day 11.
The hard border with NSW remains, but there is no change in border arrangements with South Australia and Tasmania.
The physiotherapist returned a negative test result Monday of last week, but on Thursday she developed symptoms.
On Friday, she realized that the Lyfe Cafe had joined the list of exhibition sites and was tested, with the positive result coming back on Saturday evening.
Health Minister Roger Cook and Mr McGowan both pointed out that the woman, who received her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, did everything correctly.
Mr McGowan also said the “floodgates” should be opened to allow as many people as possible to get the vaccine.