Coronavirus WA: Crew member on ship tests positive to COVID-19

A crew member on-board a ship has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now being treated on the mainland after a major retrieval operation.

A crew member on-board a ship off the West Australian coast has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been taken to the mainland for treatment.

Premier Mark McGowan said a man aged in his 50s became ill on April 8 on-board bulk carrier AquaGenie, off the coast of Karratha.

A rapid test was performed on-board the ship, then a smaller ship was sent to retrieve the ill crew member on Sunday.

He was taken to Karratha Health Campus and is expected to be transferred to Royal Perth Hospital where he will be treated in a dedicated isolation ward.

“I’m advised that all personnel involved in the retrieval wore full PPE.

“Only a small number of specialist staff are involved in the patient care. They continue to adhere to COVID-safe protocols at all times.”

Mr McGowan said the AquaGenie, which has more than 20 crew on-board, has been told it cannot dock.

“The health and wellbeing of the remaining crew on-board the AquaGenie continues to be monitored by the public health emergency operations centre,” Mr McGowan said.

“The captain of the ship has today reported all crew that remain on-board are well.

“We’ve advised the captain of the AquaGenie to remain in commonwealth waters – our expectation is the ship will leave.”

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