COVID-19: WA exposure sites released after truck driver who was in Perth for two days tests positive

The West Australian
VideoA truck driver who was in Perth for two days last week has tested positive for COVID-19 in NSW – but the coronavirus scare will not impact Saturday’s AFL grand final.

WA Health has released a list of potential exposure sites after a truck driver who was in Perth for two days last week tested positive for COVID-19 in NSW.

The driver returned a negative test result in NSW on September 13 before arriving in WA on September 16.

The driver and his colleague then made stops in Coolgardie, Southern Cross and Northam before arriving in Kewdale, Perth.

WA EXPOSURE SITES

  • COOLGARDIE: Coolgardie Vibe Petrol Station, Thursday September 16, 11.15am to 11.45am
  • SOUTHERN CROSS: BP Service Station Southern Cross, Thursday September 16, 1.30pm to 1.45pm
  • KEWDALE: Coles Service Station, Kewdale Abernethy Road and Kewdale Road, Thursday September 16, 7.30pm to 8pm
  • KEWDALE: Coles Service Station, Kewdale Abernethy Road and Kewdale Road, Friday September 17, 3.45am to 4.30am
  • CHIDLOW: BP Truckstop the Lakes Chidlow, Friday September 17, 6.15am to 6.45am
  • SOUTHERN CROSS: BP Service Station Southern Cross, Friday September 17 10am to 10.30am
  • BALLADONIA: BP Service Station Balladonia, Friday September 17, 4.30pm to 5pm

Health Minister Roger Cook said it was understood the drivers slept in their truck and had minimal contact with others while in WA.

On their return journey they stopped at Chidlow and Southern Cross. They were in WA for less than 48 hours and left the State at 12.30am on September 18.

On September 19, the truck driver was again tested in NSW. This morning, NSW Health told WA authorities that the driver had tested positive for COVID-19.

The second driver has so far tested negative. The infected driver had received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on August 30.

The drivers did not undergo rapid antigen testing on their arrival at the WA border because they had returned negative PCR tests in the days before their arrival.

That’s despite the State Government announcing earlier this month that all interstate truck drivers would undergo rapid antigen testing before crossing the border.

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