Industry update: Reducing the risk of COVID-19 impacts on your organisation

An update from the Department of Premier and Cabinet COVID-19 Communications team.

COVID-19 cases are increasing in the Western Australian community, and new sub-variants are leading to reinfections for people who have already had COVID-19.

Since the Omicron variant reached WA months ago, the dominant subvariant was BA.2. However, most new cases in the Western Australian community today are being recognised as either Omicron BA.4 or BA.5.

The BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are considered more contagious than earlier variants due to their increased ability to infect people who have been infected previously.

With cold and flu also circulating in the community, it’s important to protect yourself, your family and your colleagues from serious illness.

Face masks are strongly encouraged indoors, especially in crowded indoor spaces.

There are other things we can do to stay safe and healthy, including:

  • Staying up to date with both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines. A fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is encouraged for everyone aged 30 years and over. If you’ve already had COVID-19, it’s recommended you wait three months post-infection before getting your next dose.
  • Getting tested if you feel unwell. Remember if you’ve already had COVID-19, you still need to test again if you have symptoms once it’s been more than 28 days since you recovered.
  • Keeping up good hygiene habits such as washing and sanitising your hands regularly.

How You Can Help

  1. Share above information across your channels to help ensure your networks and communities understands the change in testing and isolation requirements. I’ve attached a graphic that you can use to support this.
  2. Continue to remind people of the ways to stay safe this winter. Resources are available to help you share these messages.
  3. Follow the WA Government Facebook and Twitter pages to receive the latest information and updated explanations of the changes. Please feel free to share the posts on your own channels.