Due to the spread of Corona Virus (Covid19) it is recommended that you check the daily updates from the Dept of Heallth for information.
15 March 2020: The Prime Minister has announced that as of 12.00am 16 March (AEST) all people returning from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of return to Australia. Self-isolation does not apply to other members of the household who have not travelled overseas.
Western Australia is working closely with the Commonwealth and state and territory jurisdictional governments to respond appropriately to the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.
This is a rapidly changing situation. Updates will be provided as any new information becomes available. Please check back regularly to ensure the information you have is up to date.
Self-quarantine (suspected cases/close contacts)
Self-quarantine is different to self-isolation. People identified as a suspected case of COVID-19 need to self-quarantine. This means they must stay in their home, hotel room, or other accommodation even if they are perfectly well with no symptoms. The only time a person who is a suspected case should leave their home/accommodation is to seek medical attention. When people are in self-quarantine they cannot attend public places such as work, school, shopping centres or go on a holiday.
People need to self-quarantine in the following circumstances:
- If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
- All people returning from international travel on or after 12.00am 16 March 2020, must self-isolate for 14 days after the date of return to Australia.
- If you have left, or transited through mainland China or Iran in the last 14 days, you must isolate yourself for 14 days from the date of leaving mainland China or Iran.
- If you have left, or transited through the Republic of Korea on or after 5 March, you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving the Republic of Korea.
- If you have left, or transited through Italy on or after 11 March, you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving Italy.
Self-isolation (confirmed cases)
People who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 and are well enough to be cared for at home must remain in self-isolation. This is different to self-quarantine as it requires a few more actions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. People in self-isolation you must stay in their home, hotel room, or other accommodation. The only time they should leave their home/accommodation is to seek medical attention. This means they cannot attend public places such as work, school, shopping centres or go on a holiday. In addition, people in self-isolation must follow appropriate infection control measures such as:
- wearing a surgical mask when they are in the same room with other people (irrespective of whether they are also in isolation or not),
- covering their mouth and nose when they sneeze or cough,
- washing hands often and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, and
- ensuring they do not share household items with other people in their home.
People must stay in their place of isolation and not go out, except to seek medical care, for the length of time as advised by their doctor or public health unit.
Self-quarantine and self-isolation are important for protecting the Western Australian community.