Authorities say a patient treated at Fiona Stanley Hospital who posted online about being infected with COVID-19 is believed to have contracted the virus late last year and is not thought to be infectious.
- The patient reported to Fiona Stanley Hospital with COVID symptoms
- He has returned a weak positive test result from a swab
- But that doesn’t mean he was infectious in WA, the Chief Health Officer says
Perth and parts of Western Australia were thrust into lockdown yesterday after a security guard at the Four Points by Sheraton quarantine hotel tested positive for the virus.
WA Health said yesterday that a second patient had presented to FSH in Perth’s south, and was undergoing testing.
A man last night posted a series of pictures purporting to be of a COVID-positive test on his personal Facebook page, saying he wanted to warn people he had been in contact with to get tested.
“I went into the emergency department by myself because of breathing difficulties … I also experienced heavy brain fog and difficulties remembering stuff,” he wrote.
“I am glad I did instead of going to work on Monday and possibly infecting all my work mates.
“It wasn’t easy making this post I was 60 per cent yes and 40 per cent no … but my gut feeling told me to do it so I actually saved everyone 12 hours.
“Stay safe everyone and protect each other.”
Authorities say it’s a weak positive, likely not infectious
WA’s Chief Health Officer said the department was aware of a number of claims being made on social media.
“The Department of Health believes that this is a historic case and that this person was infected in Mexico in December 2020,” Andrew Robertson said in a statement.
“He has subsequently completed two weeks in hotel quarantine in Sydney and there were no cases in the hotel that could have infected him.
“His current PCR tests are very weak, which are in keeping with him being non-infectious and having infection some time ago.
“The nasal-throat PCR will be repeated tomorrow, so that the trend can be confirmed.
“The expectation is that this result will get weaker and/or go negative.
“Serology has been taken, which will help to confirm he is an old infection and non-infectious, and will be available tomorrow.
“WA has recorded 49 previous historical COVID-19 cases and none of these have been infectious.”
Hospital staff asked to stay home until results in
Yesterday, the Health Department said a number of staff associated with initial treatment of a patient with suspected COVID-19 were asked to stay home until test results were returned.
“WA health system has processes in place for case management of both suspected and positive cases,” the statement said.
It said the patient had been treated with precautions and transferred to hotel quarantine.