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New COVID-19 case detected in unwell seafarer at Geraldton hospital

“Due to the weather, he could not be helivaced off the ship. Subsequently, the MV Emerald Indah was able to berth at Geraldton and the crew member was taken to Geraldton Hospital and placed in quarantine,” Mr McGowan said.

“He subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 this morning. I am advised he was managed with the appropriate infection prevention and control precautions and I understand he was only attended to by fully vaccinated staff.

“Whilst this is less than ideal, we want to reinforce there is no current health risk to the Geraldton community.”

The man was transferred to Perth on Monday and the ship, which had last docked in Indonesia, was continuing on route to Kwinana to collect grain.

The 22 other crew members are well, however Mr McGowan has requested the ship leave WA waters and not dock in Perth.

“We’ve done this two or three times before where we’ve got the ship to sail … so that’s the safest way for us to deal with this situation,” he said.

The Mindarie cluster

Perth’s northern suburbs cluster has so far recorded six cases since June 27.

Each case has been in quarantine since at least that date due to being identified as a close or casual contact.

A total of 398 close contacts of the group have all returned negative tests while 93 per cent of their 2815 casual contacts have also returned negative results.

Casual contacts who become unwell are encouraged to get tested again immediately.

More than 5100 tests were recorded on Sunday, down from 18,000 on a record day during lockdown last week.

Mr McGowan said the state government was still considering what financial assistance would be offered to businesses impacted by last week’s four-day lockdown.

“We’ll have more to say later this week we expect … as we become more confident we are through this situation,” he said.

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