As of today, the testing criteria for COVID-19 will now be accessible for vulnerable groups of people in high-risk settings and will prioritise the testing of healthcare staff on the frontline.
Testing in Western Australia will now be extended to the following groups:
- High-risk settings, as determined by a Public Health Unit
- Aged and residential care
- Rural and remote Aboriginal communities
- Detention centres
- Correctional facilities
- Boarding schools
- Military barracks or equivalent
- Geographically localised areas with increased risk of community transmission, as determined by a Public Health Unit
- All cruise ship passengers, domestic and international, who have disembarked in the previous 14 days
- Hospitalised patients with illness of unknown cause, at discretion of the clinician
- WA Police officers who are symptomatic
In addition to the expanded testing criteria, all health care staff will now be prioritised whenbeing tested at COVID clinics across WA.
This includes, but is not limited to, all clinical staff who have direct patient contact, such as hospital staff, general practitioners and clinic staff. Disability support workers, residential aged care workers and pharmacists are also eligible for this testing.
There are now seven COVID clinics open across the metropolitan area and one regional clinic operating at Bunbury Health Campus.
COVID-19 testing at clinics in WA is available to people with a fever or acute respiratory infection with proven international travel 14 days before the onset of illness or proven close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.
People seeking testing in regional areas should go to a public hospital, health service or remote health clinic.
Members of the public can telephone the COVID-19 Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for advice.