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Jameson community awaiting close contact PCR results

Ngaanyatjarra Council chief executive Gerard Coffey says he is hopful the Jameson (Mantamaru) community 1000km north-east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder can avoid a significant COVID-19 outbreak.

Two positive COVID-19 cases were recorded on February 21, with WA Premier Mark McGowan on Tuesday announcing two more cases had been detected, bringing the number in the remote Aboriginal community to four.

Mr Coffey on Tuesday told the Kalgoorlie Miner five people were currently deemed close contacts and isolating until they returned negative PCR tests.

He said three of the four positive cases had received two COVID-19 vaccination doses, with one of the cases having received only one.

Mr Coffey said 80 community members were swabbed on Monday, with residents asked to stay inside their homes until they were tested.

He said the Jameson community was 87 per cent single-dose vaccinated, with 70 per cent having received their second dose.

Jameson had been locked down after the first two people tested positive to COVID-19.

“The police (are) blocking entry at three different locations, there’s two police in three different roads into the community, so no one can come in and no one can go out (apart from medical staff),” he said.

Mr Coffey said he could not be definitive as to whether every Jameson resident had been tested, as some people had “decided to stay in the bush to keep social distancing to an extended level”.

He said WA Health staff had flown out to the Ngaanyatjarra lands on February 21 to assist local health services with the testing.

“The community is still been asked, until we get an absolute definitive on all this, that they’ve . . . stay in the community for now, until we get all these results back,” Mr Coffey said.

He said residents were still able to go to the shops and walk around in the community as they were hoping to maintain “as much normality” as possible.

As the four cases were the first in the Ngaanyatjarra lands, Mr Coffey said people were experiencing some anxiety and asking what would happen if their “auntie, uncle, nan and granddad get sick”.

He said masks were being worn in the community, with hand sanitiser and masks available at the entry of the community store and clinic.

Mr Coffey said the council’s office was currently being used as a command centre by police and health professionals.

He said he hoped the PCR test results of the close contacts would be received on Tuesday afternoon.

Mr McGowan on Monday revealed the first two people who tested positive for COVID-19 had illegally travelled to the community using “back roads” from South Australia and had now been fined for the breach of COVID rules.

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