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Question Without Notice No. 602 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 June 2020 by Hon Colin Holt

Minister responding: Hon Alanna Clohesy
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on


CORONAVIRUS — TESTING REGIME

602. Hon COLIN HOLT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:
I refer to the state government’s testing regime for COVID-19.
(1) Can the minister please table the daily COVID-19 testing figures per region since 12 May 2020?
(2) Did the Western Australian government reach its percentage of asymptomatic testing goal; and, if not, what was the final percentage of testing?
(3) How many tests have been completed through—
(a) the school testing research program;
(b) the fly in, fly out DETECT program; and
(c) general workforce testing?
(4) With the loosening of restrictions, will the government recommit to the DETECT program; and, if yes, when can the public expect this program to restart?
Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) I have a table outlining specimen date by region and total, with a grand total of 84 475 specimens, which I seek leave to have incorporated into Hansard.
Leave granted.
The following material was incorporated —

Specimen dateWheatbeltGoldfieldsGreat SouthernKimberleyMidwestPilbaraSouth WestMetroOtherGrand Total
12-May3117029334814921496421955
13-May2723625423315801414191891
14-May103921281521851077121308
15-May202514342514661227221447
16-May154213183811316065779
17-May15191213168396397768
18-May3445294358221131597331974
19-May3136495235151061541291894
20-May273438383818881475261782
21-May193629333337901239161532
22-May3127362441171391556701941
23-May1911121921429888251028
24-May1814512213307039815
25-May3222377144241121722312095
26-May3624366036141421965422355
27-May1731483947201552154362547
28-May5256488855183042924473592
29-May3032327073232762878303444
30-May1215392640131001500381783
31-May221214231161201034181260
1-Jun3011313520131051336341615
2-Jun15431838983294484093575067
3-Jun94481247162367493887575128
4-Jun1195612657101494933846364883
5-Jun74659271108434383827524770
6-Jun3229281853122072096532528
7-Jun3229131741241851542441927
8-Jun11860160100112494634527605649
9-Jun107971757487614604836915988
10-Jun93621424594493674145705067
11-Jun4727793543221692159422623
12-Jun4538423137191141883302239
13-Jun836121083970312801
Grand Total14511482166714211579731643468515119584475

(2) No target was set for COVID-19 testing in asymptomatic individuals.
(3) (a) The Telethon Kids Institute testing program in schools has just commenced. As at 15 June, 679 tests have been processed.
(b) As at 13 June, the fly in, fly out industry DETECT program has processed 17 780 COVID-19 tests.
(c) As at 15 June, the Snapshot occupational workforce asymptomatic testing has processed 18 554 tests.
(4) The DETECT school and DETECT FIFO studies remain active.