Department of Health confirms two South-West Coronavirus cases

Protecting the community: Bunbury Regional Hospital registered nurse Michele Lambert and nurse unit manager Amber Hargans. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Protecting the community: Bunbury Regional Hospital registered nurse Michele Lambert and nurse unit manager Amber Hargans. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Medical professionals across the South-West and Western Australia are doing everything in their power to stop the deadly Coronavirus outbreak.

The new strain of virus, commonly referred to as COVID-19, was first detected in December last year and has since spread across the globe.

The number of confirmed cases in WA (as of March 24) stands at 175, with two cases recorded in the South-West.

On March 22, Health Minister Roger Cook announced new restrictions and travel requirements for those travelling to WA from other states and territories.

Tuesday saw the state government implement strict border controls for all access points around the state.

Visiting hours at public hospitals have been tightened, in an effort to better protect staff and patients.

National Cabinet has also placed restrictions on visits to aged care facilities across Australia.

Last week, the government opened WA's first regional COVID Clinic at the Bunbury Regional Hospital.

The clinic features three consult rooms, two waiting rooms, office spaces, education areas, a triage area, and a staff room.

WA Country Health Service - South-West director of medical services Dr Mark Monaghan said the clinic would assist those who have symptoms, have recently travelled, or have had "close contact with a confirmed case".

"The clinic will be open from 10am to 4pm, seven days per week," he said.

Mr Cook encouraged Bunbury's hospital staff and community members to stay safe and look out for each other.

"Our Bunbury COVID-19 clinic has been working well. We continue to monitor demand across all regions," he said.

"The staff at Bunbury Hospital have been doing an incredible job. As have all our hard-working hospital staff across the state.

"I sincerely thank them for their work during these challenging times. We all owe them a great deal.

"I would also like to thank the people of the South-West for doing their bit, and urge everyone to continue to follow social distancing instructions.

"We will get through this, if we all work together."