COVID WA: Three locally acquired cases in WA as number of exposure sites explodes

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Three locally-acquired infections have been recorded in WA.
Camera IconThree locally-acquired infections have been recorded in WA. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian

No additional COVID cases have been announced in the latest reporting period but the number of exposure sites continues to grow – including a third “higher risk” massage parlour in Osborne Park and a range of locations in the Margaret River region.

Three locally-acquired infections were diagnosed to 8pm last night, all of which were already revealed by Premier Mark McGowan during a snap press conference on Sunday to announce the return of mask wearing in the Perth and Peel region.

Two of those three new cases work at U Natural Spa Therapy in Applecross, which is now directly linked to four total infections.

The third case was the close contact of a previously announced infection.

The number of exposure sites linked to the current Omicron outbreak – which has been mostly centred on the Cockburn area and was triggered when a woman caught the virus from her daughter, who had recently returned from Tasmania – has now blown past 220.

In a statement this afternoon, WA Health said there was particular concern about Comfort Massage in Osborne Park (January 13) has now joined Applecross’ U Natural Spa Therapy (January 7 to 14) and New U Massage in Mount Lawley (January 13 and 14).

“WA Health has identified potential higher risk COVID-19 exposure in Osborne Park, Applecross and Mount Lawley, and urgently requires people who visited these sites at the times listed to get tested immediately and self-quarantine,” WA Health said.

“These location has been visited by multiple COVID-19 cases and WA Health believes additional people have attended the businesses during this time, without registering their attendance or using the SafeWA app.”

Anyone that has visited those venues is required to immediately get tested and self-isolate for two weeks regardless of the result.

Just 11 people checked into the Applecross massage parlour using SafeWA on the exposure days, fuelling fears there are further undetected cases in the community.

Four of the new exposure sites revealed today are in the Margaret River region on January 13 including the town’s visitor centre, IGA, Coles and Mammoth Cave.

RAC Karri Valley is also an exposure site between January 12 and 14.

Other new exposure sites include a range of shops – including Kookai, MECCA, Kmart, Villains and Witchery in Garden City, as well Just Jeans, Terry White Chemist, Betts and Portmans at Midland Gate Shopping Centre.

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