Alert from the Director of Public Health for residential aged care providers - 1 February 2021

Coronavirus

This is an alert from the Director of Public Health for residential aged care providers - 1 February 2021

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COVID-19 Alert

This alert updates the alert provided on 5th January 2021.

Western Australia

  • The Western Australia Metropolitan Region, Peel Region, and South West Region have been declared as high risk for COVID-19 following confirmation of a COVID-19 case yesterday.  
  • The affected local government areas are:

    Peel region: Boddington, Manudrah, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Waroona

    Perth Metro region: Armadale, Bassendean, Bayswater, Belmont, Cambridge, Canning, Claremont, Cockburn, Cottesloe, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Gosnells, Joondalup, Kalamundra, Kwinana, Melville, Mosman Park, Mundaring, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Perth, Rockingham, South Perth, Stirling, Subiaco, Swan, Victoria Park, Vincent, Wanneroo.

    South-west region: Augusta-Margaret River, Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Manjimu, Nannup.
  • This list may change as the WA public health response continues.
  • Anyone who has spent time in medium or high risk areas must not enter a residential aged care facility in Tasmania in the 14 days after doing so, unless exemption is granted by the Director of Public Health.
  • Anyone in Tasmania who was at any of the locations at the specific date and time listed in the WA risk location list should quarantine immediately in their accommodation and call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 for advice.

Influenza vaccine

  • Influenza vaccine is not currently available. Please note, under the Direction under Section 16 of the Public Health Act 1997 (Residential Aged Care Facilities – No. 10), people must have had the latest influenza vaccination to enter an aged care facility in Tasmania, unless they cannot safely have the vaccine for medical reasons, are entering for emergency management purposes or the vaccine is not available.

What to do

  • Stay informed. The list of medium and high risk areas may change. Check the important community updates page at www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au regularly.
  • Keep using your existing entrance screening tool and processes for staff and visitors, being mindful that areas of Western Australia are now high risk.
  • Continue to monitor all residents and encourage staff to monitor their health and arrange testing for COVID-19 if they develop any symptoms.

Thank you for your ongoing support,

Dr Laura Edwards
Specialist Medical Advisor, Public Health Emergency Operations Centre