Premier Mark McGowan’s child, admitted to hospital on Thursday with COVID, has been discharged.
“The McGowan family would like to thank everyone for their supportive and kind comments,” a government spokesman said.
“After a very worrying four days, the Premier’s child is now recovering at home with family.
“The McGowan family thanks the committed hospital staff for all their work and care.”
Earlier in the day, Mr McGowan issued a heartfelt thank you to medical staff who have taken care of his family while they battle COVID. His child is fully vaccinated.
“I would again like to thank the medical staff who have taken care of me and my family, as they have done with so many Western Australians throughout this time,” he said.
“I am continuing to isolate and work from home, as I recover from COVID.”
For two and a bit years, Mr McGowan has led the charge against COVID in WA.
This week, the virus struck him and his family, in yet another reminder that COVID does not discriminate.
One of Mr McGowan’s three children was admitted to hospital in a “serious condition”.
A statement from the Premier’s office on Friday said the child was fully vaccinated.
“The child is fully vaccinated, however, was in a serious condition as a result of the infection,” the statement said.
Deputy Premier Roger Cook said on Saturday COVID had visibly taken its toll on Mr McGowan.
“I was in a committee meeting with the Premier (on Friday) which he chaired remotely,” Mr Cook said.
“You can tell he’s got the disease, but he’s very strong and he’s continuing to do his work from home and maintaining great leadership for the government during this difficult time.
“COVID-19 is a serious disease and I’m sure he’s had better days.”
The Prime Minister led the chorus of support after news of the child’s hospitalisation became public on Friday.
Mr Morrison on Saturday tweeted that he was “very sorry” to hear that one of Mr McGowan’s children had been hospitalised with COVID.
“Very sorry to hear one of Premier Mark McGowan’s children had been hospitalised with COVID,” Scott Morrison tweeted.
“Jen and I send our best wishes to the Premier and his whole family for a full recovery and have been in touch to convey our message of support at this difficult time.”
Labor leader Anthony Albanese who also has COVID Tweeted his “best wishes to the McGowan family”.
“The whole Labor team is sending our love and we are all hoping for a swift recovery,” he posted.
WA Opposition health spokeswoman Libby Mettam shared her concern for the McGowan family, tweeting: “Worrying to hear one of the Premier’s children is in hospital with COVID. Our prayers and warm wishes go to our Premier and his family on a speedy recovery
Federal Labor Senator Penny Wong, addressing the media in Perth, hit out at anti-vaxxer trolls who targeted the McGowan family. after one of his children was hospitalised with the virus.
Some anti-vaxxers spread propaganda that the child’s hospitalisation meant vaccines were ineffective or that the news was related to the election.
The Senator blamed “politicians, including some in the Coalition”, who opposed vaccination measures for fuelling the anit-vax movement.
“We should take the advice of public health experts and the public health advice is what has kept West Australians safe,” she said.