Coronavirus update for Victoria – Thursday 7 October

Victoria was notified of 1,638 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.

There are 15,074 active cases in Victoria – all locally acquired.

There are 564 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 115 of those cases are in intensive care, with 74 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified of two deaths yesterday – a woman aged in her 60s from Wyndham, and a woman aged in her 70s from Hume.

This brings the total number of deaths from the current outbreak to 70, and the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 890.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 47,266.

Update: Restrictions and borders

Regional property owners from metropolitan Melbourne or any other restricted region can now apply to the relevant council in which their second property is located for a permit to undertake fire preparedness on that property.

Applicants will need to provide information about the location, type of work to be undertaken and date of travel. Permits can be issued by local councils and are effective from 11 October.

For residents traveling from metropolitan Melbourne or any other restricted region, the Chief Health Officer directions that apply to their primary residence will travel with them.

For more information, visit Permit scheme for summer fire season preparedness.

The City of Greater Shepparton, Moorabool Shire, Mitchell Shire and metropolitan Melbourne are inlockdown. For information on current restrictions, visit How we live: metropolitan Melbourne and some areas of regional Victoria.

At 11:59 pm on Wednesday, 6 October 2021, all existing Extreme Risk zones in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory became Red zones, and all existing Red zones became Orange zones.

Only Victorians are eligible for Red Zone permits. They must isolate on arrival in Victoria, get tested within 72 hours, and stay isolated for 14 days. Non-Victorians who have been in a Red Zone can’t enter Victoria unless they have an exception, exemption or another valid permit.

Victorians and non-Victorians are eligible for Orange Zone permits. They must isolate on arrival in Victoria, get tested with 72 hours, and stay isolated until they receive a negative result.

Vaccines

From Friday 8 October 2021, Victorians living with a disability will be able to get vaccinated at any state-run vaccination centre without a booking.

Ten additional pop-up vaccination centres dedicated to people with disabilities will also open later this month in hotspot areas of concern.

Disability Liaison Officers are available to help people living with a disability access health services, including vaccination. For more information, visit Vaccine information for people with a disability.

Three new pop-up vaccination clinics will open this weekend, providing the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines to local residents. The clinics are located at:

  • Fairhills High School in Knoxfield
  • Hume Anglican Grammar in Mickleham
  • Keilor Downs Secondary College.

Walk-in appointments and bookings are available at each clinic.

Yesterday, 36,672 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,781,603.

84.1 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 55.6 per cent have had two doses.

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

Ten vaccination centres across Melbourne are administering the Moderna vaccine until Sunday 10 October, with 100,000 doses available to anyone aged 12 to 59 years at the following hubs:

  • Dandenong Palm Plaza
  • Former Ford Factory, Campbellfield
  • Frankston Community Vaccination Hub (Bayside Centre)
  • La Trobe University, Bundoora
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Melton Vaccination Hub (excluding drive-through)
  • Royal Exhibition Building
  • Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre
  • Sandown Racecourse Vaccination Centre
  • Sunshine Vaccination Hub.

Outbreaks

Of the 1,638 cases reported yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 23 cases in Banyule
  • 3 cases in Bayside
  • 13 cases in Boroondara
  • 117 cases in Brimbank
  • 22 cases in Cardinia
  • 120 cases in Casey
  • 60 cases in Darebin
  • 18 cases in Frankston
  • 19 cases in Glen Eira
  • 69 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 43 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 217 cases in Hume
  • 25 cases in Kingston
  • 25 cases in Knox
  • 27 cases in Manningham
  • 24 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 17 cases in Maroondah
  • 56 cases in Melbourne
  • 92 cases in Melton
  • 26 cases in Monash
  • 40 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 87 cases in Moreland
  • 16 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 12 cases in Nillumbik
  • 19 cases in Port Phillip
  • 14 cases in Stonnington
  • 23 cases in Whitehorse
  • 143 cases in Whittlesea
  • 113 cases in Wyndham
  • 24 cases in Yarra
  • 9 cases in Yarra Ranges.

There were also 115 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 8 cases in Ballarat
  • 11 cases in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Campaspe
  • 1 case in East Gippsland
  • 5 cases in Greater Bendigo
  • 16 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 11 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 15 cases in Latrobe
  • 5 cases in Macedon Ranges
  • 4 cases in Mildura
  • 17 cases in Mitchell
  • 5 cases in Moorabool
  • 11 cases in Mount Alexander
  • 1 case in Moyne
  • 1 case in Murrindindi
  • 2 cases in South Gippsland
  • 1 case in Surf Coast.

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

One quarter of the new cases diagnosed yesterday were people aged in their 20s.

Overall, there were 566 new cases in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, 485 new cases in the western suburbs, 351 cases in the south-eastern suburbs and 114 cases in the eastern suburbs.

Of the COVID-19 cases in hospital yesterday, 66 per cent were not vaccinated, 27 per cent were partially vaccinated and 7 per cent were fully vaccinated.

There are currently more than 41,170 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were more than 470 published exposure sites in Victoria.

Between 28 September and 5 October 2021, Victoria recorded around 10,000 cases of COVID-19. Of these cases, 78 per cent were not vaccinated, 15 per cent were partially vaccinated and 7 per cent were fully vaccinated. 87 per cent of these weekly cases were eligible for vaccination.

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:

  • Portland – repeated unexpected wastewater detections between 29 September and 6 October.
  • Apollo Bay – repeated unexpected wastewater detections between 28 September and 6 October.
  • Aireys Inlet – repeated unexpected wastewater detections between 15 September and 4 October.
  • Ballarat – repeated unexpected wastewater detections in areas that include part of Mitchell Park and Wendouree from 28 September to 5 October.
  • Cobram – repeated unexpected wastewater detections between 29 September and 5 October.
  • Bendigo area – unexpected wastewater detection in areas that include California Gully, Eaglehawk, East Bendigo, Epsom, Huntly, Jackass Flat, Junortoun, Kennington, Maiden Gully, Marong, North Bendigo, Sailors Gully, Strathdale, Strathfieldsaye and Wellsford from 3-6 October.
  • Wonthaggi – unexpected wastewater detection for the period 4-5 October.
  • Swan Hill – unexpected wastewater detection between 29 September and 4 October.
  • Bairnsdale – unexpected wastewater detection between 29 September and 4 October.
  • Falls Creek Alpine Resort – unexpected wastewater detection for the period 28-29 September.

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

It was another record day for testing in Victoria yesterday, with 77,238 COVID-19 tests processed.

If you are concerned about losing money from missing work, support is available – including the $450 test isolation payment.

For more information, go to Financial and other support for COVID-19..

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested for COVID-19. 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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