11 May 2021

COVID-19 update 11 May 2021: WA Health advice following confirmed Victorian COVID-19 case

WA Health has issued advice for travellers who have recently returned from Victoria with a public health alert issued for parts of Melbourne today.

Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Service issued the alert following the detection of a positive COVID-19 case in the Melbourne community.

WA’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Andrew Robertson, said anyone who had visited exposure sites in Victoria at the specified times should get tested immediately for COVID-19 and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.

The case was likely infectious from 6 -10 May.

Anyone who has travelled from to WA from Victoria is asked to continue to monitor the Vic Health website for exposure locations.

Dr Robertson said Vic Health was in the process of contact tracing the case and would notify WA Health if any close or casual contacts were found to be in Western Australia to allow for appropriate public health follow up to be taken.

“We believe any risk to WA remains very low,” he said.

“However, the situation highlights the importance of remaining vigilant to prevent any spread of the virus or community transmission in this State.

“We will continue to monitor the situation in Victoria very closely and issue updated health advice if required.”

Any recent arrivals into WA from Victoria should remain vigilant, get tested and isolate immediately if even mild symptoms develop.

WA Health continues to urge anyone with symptoms, such as a fever, headache, cough, sore throat or runny nose, to get tested for COVID-19 and to isolate until they receive a negative result.

For the latest WA information on COVID-19, including COVID clinic locations, visit WA Health’s HealthyWA website or telephone 13COVID (13 26843).

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