COVID-19 coronavirus: Help if you live in a regional community

With COVID-19 in WA, there are things you can do to stay safe.
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Some people are at a greater risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. This page highlights key information for you if you live regionally and helps you access resources from reputable sources on COVID-19.

6 steps everyone should take when dealing with COVID-19

  1. Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations (external link)
  2. Get tested (external link) if you have symptoms (external link) and follow the steps if you’re COVID-positive or a close contact
  3. Wear a mask where required (external link) and follow the health and safety guidelines
  4. Keep up healthy hygiene habits (external link).
  5. Prepare a COVID-19 kit and COVID-19 Care Plan (external link) for your household.
  6. Speak to your GP or regular health service if you have concerns. Some conditions and lifestyle factors (external link) can increase your chance of illness from COVID-19.

Get vaccinated for COVID-19

Stay up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19. Make sure you’re up-to-date with your vaccinations and have received all recommended doses (external link).

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective (external link).

Help protect your culture and community by getting vaccinated – it’s not too late to book in for a COVID-19 vaccination (external link).

Third and fourth dose vaccinations

A fourth dose is available and encouraged for anyone aged 30 and over, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The fourth dose should be given 3 months after your third booster dose.

If you’re unsure how many doses you should have or need advice about the timing of vaccines around treatments, speak to your GP or healthcare professional.

If you have had COVID-19, you should wait 3 months after your confirmed COVID-19 infection before you receive your next dose.

To book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, visit Roll up for WA (external link).

What to do to prepare for COVID-19

Additional measures to keep you safe

If you have a medical condition that puts you at increased risk of serious illness with COVID-19, you can ask friends or family members to take a rapid antigen test (RAT) before catching up.

It is also important to continue to keep up good hygiene habits (external link) like washing hands and using hand sanitiser, and holding gatherings outside where possible.

Complete a COVID-19 care plan

It helps to plan in case you or anyone in your household gets COVID-19.

Most people with up-to-date vaccinations who get COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms and can care for themselves at home, with support from their GP. Other people may need to go to hospital.

A COVID-19 Care Plan (external link) includes important information about you and your health and details your plans for the care of your pets and other adults in your care, should you need to go to hospital.

You can also share your plan with your GP, your family or support person, and hospital staff and other health workers.

Prepare a COVID-19 kit

If you or someone in your household tests positive to COVID-19, preparing a COVID-19 kit with the items in this checklist will help you monitor and manage your symptoms.

WA Health has also developed a checklist (external link) that you can complete, under their ‘Measures to keep us safe’ section.

Restricted travel to remote communities

Residents of remote Aboriginal communities are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than other Australians, and remote communities may have some restrictions in place for non-residents to those locations. Make sure to check what these are before you travel.

Where to get tested for COVID-19

You can take a rapid antigen test at home, or find your nearest clinic for a PCR test (external link).

Testing is free at both public and private COVID-19 testing clinics, and a list of where to get tested in regional and remote areas (external link) is available on HealthyWA.

What to do if you test positive to COVID-19

Follow the advice in the HealthyWA factsheet I have COVID – What should I do? (external link)

  • You must stay home and isolate for 7 days (or longer if you still have symptoms). Make sure you follow the isolation protocols.
  • If you tested positive using a rapid antigen test (RAT), register your positive result (external link) on HealthyWA as soon as possible.
  • When you receive a text from WA Health, make sure you answer the survey questions, so they know if you need extra support.
  • Register with WA COVID Care at Home (external link) (online or by calling 13COVID on 13 268 43). This telephone service provides home monitoring to people who are at greater risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
    • WA COVID Care at Home (external link) delivers home monitoring via the telephone for COVID-positive people with risk factors that put them at greater risk of hospitalisation. The free program will enrol patients based on risk factors such as age, severity of symptoms, medical history and social factors. You will be asked to consent to enrol in the program.
  • If you are at greater risk of getting very sick, tell your normal doctor or clinic immediately, even if you have mild or no symptoms, to find out if you are eligible for COVID-19 prescription treatment. Certain groups of people in this category will need early treatment within the first 5 days (external link).
  • Tell your close contacts you have COVID-19. They will need to follow special testing and isolation protocols.

Where to get rapid antigen tests (RATs)

RATs are available for purchase from supermarkets, pharmacies and other retailers.

Free RATs are available to support Western Australians who are COVID-19 close contacts, who are required to undertake a daily RAT before leaving their place of isolation.

If you are a close contact with no symptoms, you can collect free RATs at metro and regional locations, and you can also collect RATs for other close contacts in your household.

Translated information about the WA free RAT program is available.

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Page reviewed 5 August 2022