This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities in Victoria. Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

9/4/2021

What's new?

  • Victoria has recorded no new cases of COVID-19 since yesterday.
  • The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in Victoria is now 20,484.
  • There were no new deaths and the state’s death toll stands at 820. 
  • Victoria has no active cases.
  • A total of 5,532,589 test results have been received. This is an increase of 18,463 since yesterday. 
  • You can find further details in today’s COVID-19 media release.
  • The DH website has full details in the interactive daily report.

Update: Vaccinations

  • A total of 6057 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday by state commissioned services across Victoria. This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered by the Department as of yesterday to 137,320.
  • This morning, the Department of Health released a statement in light of recommendations made by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)
  • In addition to this statement, the Department of Health has written to health services again today to advise the following:
    • In line with ATAGI’s recommendations, health services are encouraged to contact any patient under 50 years who is currently booked to receive their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine between now and Monday 12 April 2020 and offer to reschedule their appointment unless they can offer a Pfizer vaccine. 
    • Until updated consent forms and consumer information are available from the Commonwealth Department of Health, and immunisation teams have been familiarised with these materials, it is advised that patients aged under 50 years are not vaccinated. 
    • When consent forms and consumer information from the Commonwealth are available, patients for whom the benefits of protection against COVID-19 are likely to outweigh the risks of the side effect and who provide informed consent can receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. Appointments should not proceed until these resources are provided. 
    • Patients who are booked to receive their second dose of AstraZeneca, including people aged under 50 years, with no major adverse reaction, should receive their second dose as planned. This is safe and is recommended by ATAGI.
  • This is a dynamic situation and advice can change based on new information.
  • Health services are working hard to implement ATAGI’s recommendations.
  • We thank individuals with scheduled appointments who are affected by these recommendations for their patience and understanding.

Update: Viral fragments detected in south-east wastewater catchment

  • As reported yesterday, fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been recently detected in wastewater samples taken from a sewer catchment in Melbourne’s south east.
  • Anyone with even mild COVID-19 symptoms is urged to get tested, especially people who live in or have visited these areas from 4 to 6 April:  
    • Clayton, Clayton South, Dingley Village, Glen Waverley, Mount Waverley, Mulgrave, Notting Hill, Springvale, Springvale South and Wheelers Hill.  
  • Fragments of the virus detected in wastewater may be due to a person with COVID-19 being in the early active infectious phase or it could be because someone is continuing to shed the virus after the infectious period. 
  • For further information about the wastewater testing program visit Wastewater testing.

Travel permit zones

  • The Greater Brisbane area (City of Brisbane, City of Ipswich, Logan City, Moreton Bay Region and Redlands City) remain designated an orange zone under Victoria’s travel permit system.
  • Byron Shire in NSW and Gladstone Region in Queensland also remain orange zones.
  • For more information visit Victorian Travel Permit System. To apply for a permit, visit Service Victoria.
  • The Chief Health Officer will continue monitoring the situation and will provide further updates.

Update: Travel advice for Victorians

  • Non-essential travel to orange zones is not encouraged.
  • Everyone planning an interstate trip should be aware of our travel permit system, and what it will mean for you and your family if you’re in a location that gets designated an orange or a red zone.
  • Victorians know that this virus can move rapidly. We make decisions based on public health advice and sometimes that advice must be implemented quickly.

Update: Exposure sites in NSW and Queensland

  • Queensland Health and NSW Health publish lists on their websites of high-risk exposure sites recently visited by positive COVID-19 cases.
  • Please view these websites and check them regularly to see if you have attended any exposure sites at the specified dates and times. If you visited any of these venues during the relevant times, please immediately self-isolate and call the Victorian Department of Health on 1300 651 160.
  • If you have attended a high-risk exposure site and you are in a red zone, you cannot apply for a ‘red zone’ permit and must instead apply for an exemption. Exemptions are limited and will only be granted in special cases.

Update: Close Contacts from Queensland and NSW now in Victoria

  • We continue to work through primary close contacts associated with exposure sites with only negative results received so far. 
  • All are being supported to quarantine for 14 days following their exposure.
  • Victorian health authorities are working closely with their NSW and Queensland counterparts to cross-reference QR Code data from exposure sites with travel permit data held by Service Victoria to identify any potential close contacts.

More on the COVID-19 vaccination program

  • Victoria’s entire vaccination network is now administering tens of thousands of vaccinations weekly. The rollout of the Commonwealth’s vaccine program at state-run sites in Victoria is ahead of schedule, and the trained health professionals administering these vaccines have been working incredibly hard since day one. 
  • Victoria is continuing to support the Commonwealth with its vaccination program with further expansion of the program dependant on vaccine supply.
  • As part of the Commonwealth’s rollout, Victoria is responsible for providing vaccinations to workers in health, emergency services and other critical industries and public sector aged care residents and staff. The Commonwealth is responsible for the majority of vaccinations in Victoria in phase 1b and most of the vaccine supply in Victoria is provided to Commonwealth-run general practice sites.
  • A case of unusual clotting after the AstraZeneca vaccine has been reported at a Melbourne hospital. For further information please refer to the statements below.

Testing sites and expanded testing

  • Demand for testing is stable across the system, with no waiting times longer than 30 minutes.
  • The department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites, as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where to get tested.

COVID-19 wastewater testing

  • Wastewater monitoring is being undertaken across Victoria including at wastewater treatment plants and sites within Melbourne metropolitan sewage networks.
  • Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found at Wastewater testing.

Interstate border restrictions

  • All travel into Victoria from other states and territories requires a travel permit. You can apply for a permit via the Service Victoria website.

Current advice to clinicians

COVID-19 testing criteria

  • Practitioners should test any patients who meet the clinical criteria below:
    • Fever OR chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation* OR
    • Acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or changes in sense of smell or taste)
    • Note: testing is also recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with coronavirus (COVID-19)** AND who are from the following cohorts: close contacts of a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19); those who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days; or those who are healthcare or aged care workers. Testing is recommended for those cohorts with onset of other clinical symptoms**. Asymptomatic testing is not recommended at this stage except for targeted programs
    • *Clinical discretion applies including consideration of the potential for co-infection (e.g. concurrent infection with SARS-CoV-2 and influenza)
    • **headache, myalgia, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.
  • If a symptomatic patient that presents for testing, confirms exposure to a known coronavirus (COVID-19) case within the past 14 days, and the outbreak definition is met, the test sample is to be treated as an ‘outbreak sample’.

Victoria’s restriction levels

  • The State of Emergency has been extended until 11:59pm on 9 April 2021 to allow the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s directions to remain in force.

Clinical information

Online resources

Mental health resources

  • Many Victorians are feeling fatigued, isolated or lonely. If you are in need of support for your mental health there are mental health resources you can access on our website.
  • If Victorians are not safe at home, they can seek help and support at an Orange Door or other family violence support service. If you or someone you know is at risk or experiencing family violence, call 000 in an emergency or safe steps 24/7 crisis service on 1800 015 188.
  • The Partners in Wellbeing hotline (1300 375 330) is available for referrals from people who identify as LGBTIQ, multicultural, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people, veterans and people experiencing homelessness.

Consumer information

Contacts

Medical practitioners needing clinical information or to notify confirmed cases can contact the Department of Health Communicable Diseases Section on 1300 651 160 (24 hours).

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