Coronavirus update for Victoria – Friday 15 October 2021

Victoria was notified of 2,179 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired cases.

There are 21,324 active cases in Victoria.

There are 695 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 157 of those cases are in intensive care, with 101 cases on a ventilator.

Of the people in hospital yesterday, 75 per cent were unvaccinated, 15 per cent were partially vaccinated and 10 per cent were fully vaccinated.

Of the cases in intensive care yesterday, 87 per cent were unvaccinated, 11 per cent were partially vaccinated and two per cent were fully vaccinated.

Sadly, the Department was notified of six deaths yesterday:

  • Three men aged in their 80s from Brimbank, Boroondara and Darebin
  • Two women aged in their 80s from Hume and Moreland
  • One woman aged in her 50s from Moonee Valley

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 951.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 61,869.

Update: Restrictions extended in Mildura

Due to increasing case numbers and the complexity of the current outbreak, the Chief Health Officer has determined the lockdown in Mildura will be extended for seven days until 11.59pm on Friday 22 October.

There were an additional 34 cases in Mildura yesterday, which was higher than any other regional area in Victoria, bringing the total number of active cases in that area to 188.

While the first dose vaccination rate for Mildura is now more than 90 per cent, the second dose rate is behind the state average at 58 per cent.

Restrictions in the Rural City of Mildura are the same as those in metropolitan Melbourne (excluding the curfew).

Lockdown has ended in Mitchell Shire. For more information visit: Lockdown restrictions in mitchell shire to lift tonight – 13 October 2021.

For information on current restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne, visit How we live: metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura Rural City Council.

Overhaul of the travel permit system

Changes to Victoria’s travel permit system announced today will allow fully vaccinated people travelling from NSW to enter Victoria without facing 14-days quarantine, effective from 11.59pm on 19 October.

More information can be found at: Permit overhaul to make safe border changes.

Change in travel permit zone for the ACT

The Acting Chief Health Officer has declared that from 11.59pm last night, Thursday 14 October, the ACT has moved from a Red Zone to an Orange Zone.

Anyone who has been in the ACT who travels to Victoria is no longer required to quarantine for 14 days. They will need to test within 72 hours after arriving in Victoria and isolate until they receive a negative test result.

This change aligns with the lifting of lockdown in the ACT from 11.59pm last night.

Vaccination status of yesterday’s cases

Of the 2,297 COVID-19 cases reported yesterday, 67 per cent were unvaccinated, 21 per cent were partially vaccinated and 12 per cent were fully vaccinated.

This data and additional analysis of the vaccination status of Victorian cases over the past week illustrates the importance of getting vaccinated and shows that with the current outbreak, unvaccinated people are 10 times more likely to catch COVID-19.

The data shows that the virus is taking the path of least resistance and is predominantly infecting the unvaccinated.

Even with just one dose of the vaccine you are much more likely to have a milder illness should you get COVID-19. As we will be opening up more in coming weeks when we hit our double dose vaccination targets, the message is clear – vaccination protects you from COVID-19 and you are putting yourself and your loved ones at greater risk of illness or ending up in hospital if you are not vaccinated.

Vaccines

Yesterday, 38,752 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,085,271.

88 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 63.1 per cent have had two doses. This excludes most recent Commonwealth data.

Victoria is opening neighbourhood pop-up vaccination centres in suburban streets, shops, gyms and community clubs: Local vax pop-ups coming to streets and shops across city.

The small, targeted pop-ups are designed to vaccinate 20 to 30 people a session. Suburbs in scope for neighbourhood pop-ups are concentrated in Melbourne’s mid and outer north, west and south east.

In addition, five new community pop-up vaccination sites will open next week, all offering walk-ups. They are at:

  • East Reservoir Senior Citizens Centre on Strathmerton Street (open Monday and Tuesday)
  • Kingsbury Bowls Club on Dunne Street (open Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Craigieburn Sports Stadium on Craigieburn Road (open Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • EACH Building, Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction (open Monday to Friday)
  • Fawkner Community Hall on Jukes Road (open Monday to Thursday)

From today and through the weekend, the Department is partnering with the Melbourne Football Club to run a pop-up vaccination site at the second home of the Melbourne Demons at Casey Fields. The site will be offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with both bookings and walk-ups available.

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination through their local GP or community pharmacy, community health service or state vaccination centre. To find a GP or pharmacy provider and make a booking, visit Australian Government Department of Health’s website.

Outbreaks

Of the 2,179 locally acquired cases reported yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 39 cases in Banyule
  • 19 cases in Bayside
  • 11 cases in Boroondara
  • 143 cases in Brimbank
  • 51 cases in Cardinia
  • 206 cases in Casey
  • 65 cases in Darebin
  • 51 cases in Frankston
  • 37 cases in Glen Eira
  • 99 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 36 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 218 cases in Hume
  • 31 cases in Kingston
  • 20 cases in Knox
  • 23 cases in Manningham
  • 54 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 10 cases in Maroondah
  • 62 cases in Melbourne
  • 131 cases in Melton
  • 39 cases in Monash
  • 48 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 88 cases in Moreland
  • 33 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 11 cases in Nillumbik
  • 31 cases in Port Phillip
  • 22 cases in Stonnington
  • 10 cases in Whitehorse
  • 156 cases in Whittlesea
  • 196 cases in Wyndham
  • 12 cases in Yarra
  • 26 cases in Yarra Ranges

There were 585 new cases in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, 669 new cases in the western suburbs, 616 cases in the south-eastern suburbs and 100 cases in the eastern suburbs.

There were also 193 new cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 2 cases in Alpine
  • 6 cases in Ballarat
  • 2 cases in Bass Coast
  • 20 cases in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Benalla
  • 1 case in Campaspe
  • 1 case in Colac-Otway
  • 1 case in Corangamite
  • 1 case in Glenelg
  • 6 cases in Greater Bendigo
  • 28 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 26 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 1 case in Indigo
  • 21 cases in Latrobe
  • 6 cases in Macedon Ranges
  • 34 cases in Mildura
  • 16 cases in Mitchell
  • 4 cases in Moorabool
  • 1 case in Moyne
  • 1 case in Murrindindi
  • 4 cases in South Gippsland
  • 2 cases in Strathbogie
  • 2 cases in Surf Coast
  • 2 cases in Swan Hill
  • 3 cases in Wellington
  • 1 case in Wodonga

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID19 data.

There are currently more than 56,700 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were more than 130 published exposure sites in Victoria.

For more information on each exposure site, including dates and times of exposure, please visit Case alerts – public exposure sites.

There may be occasions when the Department is unable to make contact with a business or residential premises before their listing as an exposure site. At all times, we take the decision of when to publish these sites in the interests of public health.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.

The Commonwealth Government publishes a weekly Common Operating Picture, which includes the effective reproduction number for all states and territories. For more information, refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19) common operating picture.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas:

  • Horsham – unexpected detection for the period 10 – 12 October.
  • Mallacoota – unexpected detection for the period 5 – 13 October.
  • Lakes Entrance – repeated unexpected detections for period 6 – 14 October.
  • Bendigo – repeated unexpected detections in areas that include parts of Kangaroo Flat, Maiden Gully, Strathfieldsaye and Junortoun for the period 7 – 13 October.
  • Cobram – repeated unexpected detections for the period 29 September – 12 October.
  • Apollo Bay – repeated unexpected detections for the period 28 September – 8 October.
  • Ballarat – repeated unexpected detections in areas that include parts of Mitchell Park and Wendouree for the period 3 – 7 October.

The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, visit Wastewater testing.

Testing

73,942 COVID-19 tests were processed in Victoria.

If you are concerned about losing money from missing work to get a test, support is available – including the $450 test isolation payment. For more information, go to Financial support.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested. Operating hours and wait times will vary.

More information

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria

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