COVID in WA: The state breaks daily hospital case records again with 333 patients and 16 in the intensive care unit

WA’s daily record for COVID hospital cases has been broken again, with 333 patients infected on Friday – including 16 in need of intensive care.

A further 12,903 Western Australians who were ill with the virus were monitored by the state government’s “COVID Care at Home” scheme, to which those at greater risk of hospitalization can sign up.

Eight COVID-related deaths were reported by WA Health: one man in the 90s, two men and one woman in the 80s, one man and woman in the 70s and two men in the 60s.

Some of those deaths date back to June 10, the department said. The state’s COVID deaths are now 441. There were 6458 more infections and a total of 35,138 active cases.

Mark McGowan today received updated advice from WA Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson, who said that more than 70 percent of cases in the past week were the immunosuppressive BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants.

Dr. Robertson told The West Australian on Thursday that wearing masks indoors was “strongly encouraged”, but he had not yet recommended an extended mask mandate.

He said public health measures continued to be revised “to ensure their proportionality to the circumstances at the time and as conditions develop”.

Masks are only mandatory in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and in public transportation.

“The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged in indoor environments, especially crowded environments where physical distance is difficult,” said WA CHO.

There are currently more than 1,550 public health personnel fired due to either COVID-19 or close contact.

The Australian Medical Association WA wants 350 hospitalized COVID cases to be the trigger to bring back an indoor mask mandate, warning that hospitals were already struggling to cope.

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