Bidyadanga and Beagle Bay cleared of COVID-19 after follow-up pathology testing

Sam JonesBroome Advertiser
Bidyadanga is in lockdown after 'a number' of positive COVID cases.
Camera IconBidyadanga is in lockdown after 'a number' of positive COVID cases. Credit: Supplied/TheWest

The Department of Health has confirmed follow up pathology testing carried out in the Bidyadanga and Beagle Bay communities has given an “all clear” COVID-19 result.

Secondary PCR testing has shown some community members have documented respiratory virus infections — such as the flu and rhinovirus — but not COVID-19.

WA chief health officer Dr Andrew Robertson said a precautionary approach was taken based on information the Government had a the time.

“Our remote communities will always receive a prioritised public health response, as we need to protect our most vulnerable citizens,” he said.

“All initial tests — carried out on a GeneXpert machine indicated a positive result.

“While it is unfortunate for the level of community concern and inconvenience, I would always prefer to react swiftly and take a precautionary approach — rather than regret delayed action.”

It comes as the Yura Yungi Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation confirmed two cases of the virus in Halls Creek on Monday.

Contact tracing is underway in the East Kimberley town, with the two cases potentially infectious while in the community.

There are now three cases confirmed across the Kimberley, with a previously detected Broome case still believed to be COVID-19.

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