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Question Without Notice No. 324 asked in the Legislative Council on 2 April 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

CORONAVIRUS — DAILY DATA RELEASE

324. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Health:

I refer to daily data released by the minister detailing the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

(1) Of those that are considered positive metropolitan results, were any of those patients transported originally by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, St John Ambulance or by other means from the regions to the metropolitan area where they received their diagnosis?

(2) If yes to (1), how many patients fall into this category and from which regions were they transported?

(3) Is the government developing a website where localised information on confirmed cases of COVID-19 can be readily accessed to improve contact tracing while protecting patient confidentiality?

(4) Why is the minister reluctant to not advise and confirm cases at a locality level when the Department of Health's HealthyWA website discloses confirmed cases' travel by air, including the flight number, and even close contact rows on the aircraft?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I note that this question was submitted and the reply prepared on Tuesday, 31 March.

(1) Up to 31 March 2020, there have been no regional residents with positive COVID-19 test results obtained from a metropolitan site who were transported by any means from the regions to the metropolitan area to receive their diagnosis.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) For every confirmed case, the Department of Health conducts contact tracing to identify close contacts. A dedicated section exists on the department's website to provide this information transparently and publicly.

I table the information extracted from that website as at 1 April.

(4) Details of confirmed cases' locality can also be found on the Department of Health website. I table a printout from that website on 1 April.

[See paper 3771.]