Health conditions

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

COVID-19 in Western Australia daily snapshot

View public exposure site locations and find out where to get tested.

Remember to:

  • practise physical distancing (keep at least 1.5 metres or two arms lengths from each other)
  • practise good personal hygiene (wash hands often with soap and water, or hand sanitiser and cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your elbow)
  • stay home if unwell and if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms get tested for COVID-19
  • use the SafeWA app (external site)
  • wear a face mask in certain settings. Masks are not necessary for children under 12.

If you need help with translating the information on these sites, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.

Call the coronavirus (COVID-19) information helpline on 13 COVID (13 26843). (Interstate callers: 1800 595 206. International callers: +61 8 9118 3100.)

How can I protect myself (incl. face masks) against COVID-19?

Every Western Australian needs to play their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

To stop the spread of coronavirus, everyone must:

  • Book in to receive your COVID-19 vaccination, or not yet eligible, register at rollup.wa.gov.au (external site) to be notified when you can book your vaccination
  • practise good hygiene
  • practise physical distancing
  • stay at home if unwell
  • know the limits for public gatherings.

How do I practise good hygiene?

  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water or use hand sanitiser.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use your inner elbow. Throw the tissue in the bin immediately.
  • Stay home if you're sick. Do not go to work or school.
  • Clean surfaces and objects such as doorknobs, keyboards and phones regularly.

What is physical distancing?

  • Keeping at least 1.5 metres or two arms lengths (minimum) away from others.
  • Avoiding physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses.
  • Using tap and pay instead of cash.
  • Avoid large public gatherings and places where there are lots of people. Visit places at quieter times, or if you arrive and it is busy, leave and come back when the crowds have reduced.
  • Do not visit others if they are unwell.

For more information about how to practise physical distancing at home, work, school or keeping in touch with others, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website (external site).

Should I wear a mask?

Face masks must be worn in certain settings. Masks are not necessary for children under 12.

You must wear a face mask at an airport, travelling on an aircraft, or transporting a person subject to a quarantine direction (e.g. in a personal vehicle, private car, hired car, ride-share vehicle or taxi). If you are under a quarantine direction, you must wear a face mask when you present for a COVID-19 test.

Stay at home if unwell and get tested

If you are feeling unwell or sick you must stay at home. Do not go to work or school. If you experience any of the symptoms listed in the “What are symptoms of COVID-19” section, no matter how mild, please get a COVID-19 test.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Coronavirus can cause a range of symptoms. These can range from mild illness to pneumonia. If you experience any of the below symptoms, no matter how mild, please get a COVID-19 test.

  • Fever (≥37.50C) OR recent history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills), without a known source
    OR
  • Acute respiratory symptoms (including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose)
    OR
  • Acute loss of smell or taste
Who is most at risk of COVID-19?

All people are at risk of infection, but some groups are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill. These groups include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • People 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions. See this page on the Department of Health website for more information
  • People 70 years and older
  • People with compromised immune systems.

In addition to the ways listed in the 'How can I protect myself against COVID-19?' section above, you could consider:

  • having groceries and essential items delivered to your home
  • having a chemist deliver your medicines to your home
  • working from home if you are employed and this is an option at your workplace.
Western Australia – arrivals and departures

For the most up to date information on travelling to WA please visit COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel to WA (external site).

Western Australia Controlled Border

International Border

Everyone travelling to Western Australia who is issued a Centre Quarantine Direction under the Emergency Management Act 2005 (external site) will need to quarantine in a hotel at their own expense for 14 days following arrival, unless otherwise directed by an authorised officer.

For the most up to date information on international travel refer to the following:

Quarantine

What is quarantine and isolation?

What does quarantine mean?

People need to quarantine if they have been assessed as being at greater risk of having COVID-19 (for example they may have had close contact with someone who is unwell with COVID-19 or have just returned from overseas or interstate).

Quarantine means you must remain in your home, hotel room or other accommodation for 14 days, unless otherwise directed by an authorised officer.

During this period, you should not have contact with anyone else who resides in the premises chosen for your quarantine. You must take all precautionary measures to ensure you remain a physical distance of 1.5m.

For more information please refer to Quarantine after being tested: High-risk and low-risk tested persons (PDF 138KB)

What does isolation mean?

People need to isolate if they have tested positive to COVID-19.

People who test positive to COVID-19 will need to stay in isolation until they are cleared by WA Health.

How long will I have to quarantine for?

Your quarantine will begin from the date and time that was specified in your relevant Direction and will generally last 14 days, unless advised otherwise by an authorised officer.

If you have been issued a quarantine direction under the Controlled Border Directions, the day of your arrival into WA is day 0. Day 14 will be 14 days after the day of your arrival. For example:

  • if you arrive in WA at 8.00am on 20 August, day 0 will be 20 August, and day 14 will be 3 September. Your quarantine will end at 12.01am on 4 September.
  • if you arrive in WA at 10.00pm on 30 August, day 0 will be 30 August, and day 14 will be 13 September. Your quarantine will end at 12.01am on 14 September.

For more information on quarantine and isolation please refer to the following:

What do I need to know about testing?

COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms. These can range from mild illness to pneumonia. If you experience any of the below symptoms, no matter how mild, please get a COVID-19 test.

The latest advice and updates on COVID-19 testing including including:

Health and wellbeing during COVID-19

COVID-19 has affected our routines and way of life, which can have an impact on our health and wellbeing.

The latest advice and updates on COVID-19 for health and wellbeing including:

  • mental health 
  • food and nutrition 
  • physical activity
  • alcohol consumption
  • smoking 
  • injury prevention
More information

 

What locations have been visited by confirmed cases?

The Department of Health is contacting all confirmed cases to identify and inform close contacts.

Learn more about the locations visited by confirmed cases.

Frequently asked questions

General information

Protect yourself and others

Testing

Treatment

Quarantine and isolation

Other

View the coronavirus FAQ's (PDF 237KB)

Further information, advice and resources

Last reviewed: 06-12-2021

This publication is provided for education and information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical care. Information about a therapy, service, product or treatment does not imply endorsement and is not intended to replace advice from your healthcare professional. Readers should note that over time currency and completeness of the information may change. All users should seek advice from a qualified healthcare professional for a diagnosis and answers to their medical questions.

Coronavirus information helplines: 13 COVID (13 268 43). Interstate callers: 1800 595 206. International callers: +61 8 9118 3100.