South West COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Jacinta CantatoreBunbury Herald
The South West recorded 154 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the region’s total to 935 active cases.
Camera IconThe South West recorded 154 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the region’s total to 935 active cases. Credit: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images

The South West recorded 154 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the region’s total to 935 active cases.

These new totals come as WA recorded 4759 new cases for the same period, bringing the State’s figures to 32,693 active cases.

In WA there are 163 people with COVID-19 in hospital, four of these being treated in ICU.

COVID hospitalisations have been lower than the State Government’s modelling of the Omicron variant, prompting Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson to announce on Monday that a pause on category 2 and 3 elective surgery at private hospitals would remain in place for just two days.

A ban on booking new non-urgent category 2 and 3 elective surgeries had already been in place in public hospitals from March 14, though this was extended to the private system — including St John of God Hospital Bunbury — on Monday.

Private hospitals can resume short-stay category 2 and 3 elective surgeries from Wednesday.

Mash Brewing in Bunbury and Treendale Farm in Eaton have been added to the list of exposure sites in the region.

Anyone who visited Mash on Wednesday, March 16 between 5.30pm and 7pm or Treendale Farm on March 13 between 6.30pm and 9pm is being asked to monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if symptoms develop.

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