26 September 2023

COVID Clinic sweeps into Broome

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A dedicated COVID Clinic has been opened at Broome Hospital following confirmation of a number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Kimberley region.

The clinic will operate from 8.30am to 4pm, seven days a week and be staffed by clinicians and administrative teams following strict infection control measures.

As of last Saturday, more than 240 COVID tests had been undertaken in the Kimberley with 170 of those occurring in Broome.

Minister for Health, Roger Cook said it made sense to establish a dedicated clinic in the town.

“The expanded testing regime in the town of Broome and remote Aboriginal communities will help us to find new cases, protect our most vulnerable and ensure we are tracking the movement of this virus as it develops,” Mr Cook said.

“I know communities in the Kimberley are concerned but I want to be clear, all our WA Country Health Service sites remain operational.”

Meanwhile, new stronger travel restrictions within the Kimberley region have now come into force.

Premier, Mark McGowan said people must stay in their Local Government area with exemptions for the provision of essential services or supplies, freight, medical reasons or compassionate grounds.

New boundaries are in line with the four Local Government areas, the Shires of Broome, Derby West Kimberley, Wyndham East Kimberley and Halls Creek.

“Currently, residents returning to their home in the Kimberley must self-isolate for 14 days,” Mr McGowan said.

“Kimberley residents are urged to stay home and cease all non-essential travel and activity,” he said.

“Indoor or outdoor activities of more than two people should be avoided, unless exempted.”

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