COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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Daily snapshot. *updated 2 April

The Government of Western Australia has declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Prohibition on the use of Point of Care Serology Tests Directions

Given the serious limitations and risks associated with the COVID-19 point of Care (POC) serology tests for acute detection and diagnostic purposes, the Chief Health Officer deemed them an unacceptable risk to be used in that way and has prohibited them under the Public Health Act 2016 (external site). The prohibition applies to all persons, whether health professionals or not and includes the acute screening of staff for work purposes. 

Their use as a screening tool for people post infection and for research public health screening purposes is not prohibited. Other POC polymerase chain reaction tests are not affected by these restrictions.

This is a rapidly changing situation. Updates will be provided as any new information becomes available. Please check back regularly to ensure the information you have is up to date.

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Notification

‘Human coronavirus with pandemic potential’ was declared an urgently notifiable disease under Part 9 of the Public Health Act 2016. This includes notification of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information go to our notifiable infectious diseases page

COVID clinics

COVID clinics are open from Tuesday 10 March 2020.

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Laboratory testing information

Self-isolation

There are a number of situations in which people may be required to self-isolate. People who do not comply face a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for body corporates. This is essential for the health and wellbeing of the community.

More information is available at WA.gov.au.

You must self-isolate:

  • If you have tested positive for COVID-19: you must self-isolate until you have been told you can be released from isolation
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for your result 
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19: you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case
  • If you arrived into Western Australia by air, sea, rail or road from 1.30pm Tuesday 24 March 2020: you must self-isolate for 14 days from the date of arrival (some exemptions may apply).
  • If you have returned from overseas: you must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of return to Australia
  • If you arrived from mainland China, Iran, South Korea and Italy prior to 16 March 2020: you must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of leaving that country.

Self-isolation

Self-isolation means you must stay in your home, hotel room, or other accommodation even if you are perfectly well with no symptoms. If you live in a unit or apartment block you must stay in your unit or apartment. You cannot attend public places such as work, school, shopping centres or go on a holiday. Only people who usually live with you should be in the home. Do not see visitors.

  • Maintain social distancing if you live with other people (e.g. staying in an isolated room preferably with a separate bathroom – if available)
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or flexed elbow, dispose of tissues, and wash your hands
  • Wash your hands often, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Ensure that you do not share household items with other people in your home such as dishes, towels and pillows.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms including fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath.

You must stay in your place of isolation and NOT GO OUT, except to seek medical care. You should call ahead for advice.
If you require urgent medical assistance call 000 and let them know that you are in self-isolation due to COVID-19.

What does this mean for your family or other people you live with?

Other people who live in your home do not need to self-isolate and can go about their usual activities provided the above precautions are followed.

Self-isolation is important for protecting your family, friends and the Western Australian community.

Medical certificates are not required for people who need to self-isolate.

Learn more about self-isolation

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Laboratory testing information

Employers and employees

It is not possible to obtain a “medical clearance” for COVID-19 unless you are a confirmed case of COVID-19. In the early stages of infection (before people have symptoms), it may not be possible to detect the virus. Testing when you do not have symptoms could give a false negative result.

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Last reviewed: 02-04-2020