A West Australian fly-in-fly-out worker may have been active in the community while infected with Covid-19.
He was at an airport in the state’s Pilbara region on July 20, at the same time as a positive case who had flown in from Queensland.
The man, who was in the Pilbara to work at the FMG Cloudbreak mine until his July 27, has since returned a “very weak” positive test and then a negative one.
He is believed to have spent most of his time Freemantle and Greenwood over the past 16 days.
“The suspicion is that he may well have been positive at some point in time while in the community,” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“We don’t know if he is infectious because to further complicate matters, this person, the FIFO worker had been Covid-positive back in March, April last year, having returned from overseas.”
The man’s girlfriend and one of his close colleagues have returned negative tests, with the results of two other workmates still pending.
WA Health Minister Roger Cook said it was an unusual case but there was cause for concern, urging people to check the list of exposure sites and get tested.
More to come.