Security guard who worked at a Perth quarantine hotel and two of his housemates test positive to Covid-19 – as WA is told it could be plunged into lockdown AGAIN
- Pan Pacific hotel security guard aged in his 20s tested positive to Covid-19
- He lived in house of seven with two other housemates testing positive to virus
- Premier Mark McGowan said no lockdown would happen yet but didn’t rule it out
- It’s not yet known how the man contracted the virus while working at the hotel
The guard, aged in his 20s, worked at the Pan Pacific hotel with Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan saying while the city wouldn’t be going into a second lockdown yet – it was still a possibility.
The man and his two housemates have been moved into hotel quarantine with Mr McGowan confirming the guard worked at the hotel on April 24, 25 and 26.
He had received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccination.
‘What has helped enormously is that, due to the interim restrictions we have had in place since Tuesday, they have significantly reduced movement in the community and everyone has been wearing masks,’ Mr McGowan said in a snap press conference on Saturday.
A security guard at a Perth hotel quarantine facility has tested positive to Covid-19 along with two of his house mates
‘That gives us some confidence that the risk of transmission is significantly lower than it would normally be.
‘These factors and the fact we have picked up this case as early means we can avoid moving into a lockdown at this point.’
It’s not yet known how the security guard became infected but there may have been some transmission from international arrivals moving into the hotel on April 24.
CCTV of the hotel will be reviewed and health authorities revealed he had worked on the same floor as two positive cases.
The infected man lives in a house with seven people in Nollamara but so far only two others have tested positive, one being from Canberra.
Premier Mark McGowan said a second lockdown would not happen just yet but did not rule it out
All the housemates have been moved into hotel quarantine.
Health authorities believe he may have been infectious for four days in the community before testing positive.
On Tuesday he had dropped friends to work and visited another person’s house later that day.
Potentially infected locations visited by the man will be released on the WA Health website soon and include Spudshed in Stirling, the Northland Shopping Centre in Balcatta and Coles in Balcatta.
He also visited a juice café in Joondanna and a mosque in Mirrabooka on Friday morning.
Mr McGowan has urged all Perth and Peel residents to wear their masks again while indoors and outside
Mr McGowan has urged all Perth and Peel residents to wear their masks again while indoors and outside.
‘We understand that on the evening of Thursday the 29th of April (the guard) developed symptoms, which he thought was related to his COVID Pfizer vaccine,’ Mr McGowan said of the state’s 1001th Covid case.
‘On Friday morning – that is yesterday – he went to a hotel quarantine facility for his weekly PCR test, under the requirement we have in place for hotel quarantine workers. That test result came back this morning and was confirmed to be positive.’
Contact tracers are desperately working to find any residents who may have come into contact with the security guard.
More to come.