Premier Mark McGowan and Deputy Premier Roger Cook today announced a new asymptomatic testing regime for border security workers, who they say are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
Called Detect Borders, the program will allow any person working in places where travellers enter WA to take a free COVID test every seven days until the 30th of November.
Detect Borders works with other asymptomatic testing regimes, including Detect Schools, Detect FIFO, and Detect Snapshot.
Those who fit the criteria for an asymptomatic test will be able to get results of their test within 24 hours, and will not need to self-isolate while waiting for results.
Staff working at quarantine hotels, including hotel, security, and health staff, will be eligible, as will WA Police officer and Defence Force members.
Drivers of transport of quarantine guests will also be eligable.
Perth Airport staff who come into contact wiht travellers or their baggage will also be eligible, and so will anyone working at a sea port whose role involves close contact with people arriving from overseas.
According to Health Minister Roger Cook, it has been 5 months since there has been any community spread of COVID-19 in WA, with the last case being detected on the 11th of April.