WA Health is investigating a “very, very weak” positive case of COVID-19 involving a FIFO worker in his 30s, who has potentially been positive in the Perth community.
It’s possible he contracted the virus at Perth Airport on Tuesday, 20 July, between 4am and 7am while flying out to FMG’s Cloudbreak minesite.
Coincidentally, that was also the same time as a positive case from Queensland flew into Perth but was denied entry to WA, and subsequently tested positive when he returned to Queensland.
“The best explanation we have for his weak positive test result is that he probably acquired it from the man at the airport through some sort of casual contact,” Mark McGowan said.
“We think he was positive over the course of the last 16 days … (but) there’s a strong prospect he wasn’t infectious because he was COVID-positive early last year.”
After returning from Cloudbreak on July 27, he returned a “very, very weak” positive, followed by a negative.
A current list of exposure sites are still being collected, but so far include the Old Faithful in Freo on July 28, the Indian Ocean Hotel (the Indi Bar) on July 29 and the Subi Hotel on July 31.
He is asymptomatic, and currently in self-quarantine.
Two of his close contacts, including his girlfriend, have already returned negative results. Other close contacts are being tested and are in quarantine.
Everyone who was at Perth Airport Terminal 4 (The Qantas Domestic Terminal) on 20 July between 4am and 7am, as well as on 27 July between 4am and 6am, must also now get tested immediately and self-quarantine until you get a negative result.