Infected WA security guard spreads virus as one new local case recorded

Western Australia has detected one new local COVID-19 case as an infected quarantine hotel worker spreads the virus.

The new case is a household contact of the Perth Hyatt Hotel security guard who tested positive on Wednesday, WA Health said in a statement on Thursday.

Authorities are working to determine the guard’s genomic sequencing and investigations remain under way into how he became infected.

It comes as people in Perth and Peel are waiting in limbo on whether the mask mandate will be extended beyond Friday.

Acting Premier Roger Cook is expected to make an announcement on Friday to determine whether mask wearing will continue.

Meanwhile, tests have revealed that a Pan Pacific security guard infected with the Omicron variant contracted the virus from two overseas travellers who were staying at the quarantine hotel.

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Investigators believe there was no other transmission at the hotel.

Both guards tested positive during a routine testing.

No links to backpacker cluster

No new cases were linked to the Delta backpacker cluster and the outbreak remains at 21 infections after the unvaccinated 25-year-old male index case travelled from Queensland in early December.

Six cases were also detected among interstate travellers.

Two are people from Victoria, with one each from Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

A Perth Hyatt Hotel security guard appears to have spread the COVID-19 virus to a household contact.

File image. Credit: AAP

A further two infections were reported among members of international flight crews.

All new interstate and overseas cases are in isolation.

The nine new infections bring WA’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 1215.

WA Health has identified 856 close contacts associated with the backpacker cluster, with 802 testing negative and 30 yet to be tested.

There are now 74 active confirmed COVID-19 cases in WA and 1133 people have recovered from the virus.

New exposure site

WA Health has added one new exposure site to its growing list.

Those who attended Cannington Woolworths at the Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre between 2pm – 2.30pm on 31 December are urged to monitor for symptoms and if symptoms develop, get tested and isolate.

For the full list of exposure sites in WA, click here.

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