COVID-19: Mark McGowan reveals Bunbury coronavirus cluster grows to seven positive cases, six in one family
Bunbury’s first COVID-19 cluster in nearly two years has now grown to seven cases, Mark McGowan revealed today.
The Premier revealed yesterday that one positive case had been identified in the Greater Bunbury region, which was under investigation, but today said that six cases had been identified in one family, while one other case was unlinked.
Mr McGowan continued to urge people to get tested if they present with symptoms as the State’s case numbers continue to rise.
“Please come forward and get tested if you feel unwell, if you have symptoms, or if you have been to one of the exposure sites,” he said.
The news came as Mr McGowan revealed the State Government’s plans for a return to school as holidays near an end.
Under the plan, only teachers and secondary students in Perth, Peel and the South-west will be required to wear masks when the new school year starts on Monday.
The City of Bunbury also reinforced in a statement on Tuesday that masks will be required indoors at a number of its facilities, including the South West Sports Centre, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and the Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre.
From Monday, visitors 16-years or older will also need to provide proof of vaccination to enter the SWSC, Bunbury Wildlife Park or the BMHC., while COVID marsalls will be in place when thousands of revellers flock to the Bunbury foreshore for the City’s Skyfest Australia Day celebrations on Wednesday.
“The City of Bunbury acknowledges the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the State Government mandates in place are causing some frustration and uncertainty within the community,” the statement read.
“However, we ask that our community remains patient during these uncertain times as we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
“With the health and safety of our community and City staff a priority, it is hoped taking this practical approach will minimise the impact of COVID-19 on our community and provide a safe workplace for staff at high exposure facilities.”
Jo’s Curry House on Wittenoom Street between 5.45pm and 8pm on Thursday January 20 remains the only listed exposure site in Bunbury, while locations in Wilyabrup, Metricup, Yallingup and Quindalup, including Simmo’s Ice Creamery on Commonage Road and Wild Hop Brewing Company are also listed on the HealthyWA website.
More Bunbury exposure sites are expected to be listed shortly.
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