The WA Government Has Updated The Safe Transition Plan’s Testing And Isolation Protocols

byTroy Mutton
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After Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan announced last week the planned February 5 border reopening would be delayed indefinitely, the population has been waiting for some kind of future guidance as to what the future holds.

And after a bit of mixed messaging in regards to the expanded exemption criteria, today we’ve received a more concrete update in terms of what our testing and isolation protocols will look like in a “high caseload environment”.

The key takeaways from the update are:

– Removal of casual contacts and updated close contact definition;
– New close contact definition broadly aligned with South Australia;
– New testing and isolation protocols for positive cases and close contacts;
– WA’s existing robust test, trace, isolate and quarantine regime will continue for the time being until WA reaches a high caseload environment;
– Western Australians urged to get vaccinated, including third doses, as soon as eligible.

In addition, Premier McGowan has also updated testing and isolation protocols for critical workers, effective once high caseloads commence in Western Australia:

As always, head to the WA Government Website for the most up to date information.

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