Media Release
19 March 2021

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) since yesterday.

This is the 21st day in a row that Victoria has recorded no locally acquired new cases of COVID-19.

There are two active cases in Victoria, made up of zero locally acquired cases, unchanged since yesterday, and two overseas acquired cases, unchanged since yesterday.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,483.

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 4,447 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday at hospital vaccination hubs across Victoria.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered in Victoria since the program started on Monday 22 February to 47,731.

Second doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are now being administered across Victoria.

Vaccines are continuing to be administered through nine hospital vaccination hubs and outreach sites managed by public health services.

People now receiving their second dose include Hotel Quarantine and Health Hotel workers, airport and port workers, and frontline health staff in COVID-19 screening clinics, specialist COVID-19 wards, Intensive Care Units and Emergency Departments.

Hubs also deliver the second dose to public sector residential aged care residents and workers, with the Commonwealth responsible for providing the vaccine to private residential aged care and disability care facilities.

Victoria is continuing to support the Commonwealth with their vaccination program, with further expansion of the program dependent on vaccine supply.

Update: COVID-19 cases identified in NSW and at a Queensland Hospital

Actions have been implemented in Victoria over the past week to identify any primary close contacts or visitors to low risk exposure sites linked to recent positive COVID-19 cases in Queensland and NSW.

On Thursday 11 March, Queensland Health authorities identified three high risk exposure sites in a Brisbane café, gym and a hotel and one lower risk site at a McDonald’s restaurant in Coorparoo that were visited by a positive case in a doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

On Saturday 13 March, NSW Health authorities identified one high-risk exposure site at a pancake restaurant in Beverley Hills, Sydney, and eight other low exposure sites that were visited by a hotel quarantine work who has tested positive to COVID-19.

Using data captured by the Victorian travel permit system, the Victorian Department of Health has contacted more than 18,000 people who have entered Victoria from NSW and Queensland in the past week.

None have been identified as primary close contacts or visitors to low risk sites and no one has self-identified in that time as having visited the exposure sites at the specified dates and times.

Anyone now in Victoria who had visited any of the high-risk exposure sites will be treated as a primary close contact and is required to quarantine for 14 days.

Anyone now in Victoria who visited any of the low risk sites in Queensland or NSW should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms appear, they need to immediately get tested and isolate until a negative result is received.

More information about the Queensland exposure sites can be found on the Queensland Government website.

More information about the NSW exposure sites can be found here.

Victorian health authorities continue to work closely with both Queensland and NSW to monitor any developments with these interstate cases including the possible addition of further exposure sites.

Viral fragments detected in suburban wastewater

Alerts issued last week about recent COVID-19 wastewater detections are still current.

Fragments of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been recently detected in wastewater samples taken from sewer catchments that service several Melbourne suburbs.

Anyone with even mild COVID-19 symptoms is urged to get tested, especially anyone who lives in or has visited these areas from 9 to 11 March:

  • Laverton and Laverton North from 9 to 11 March
  • Werribee (east of the Werribee River) from 9 to 11 March
  • Balwyn North, Blackburn North, Box Hill North, Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Mitcham, Mont Albert North and Nunawading from 9 to 11 March
  • Sunbury (north-eastern area) from 7 to 11 March.

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 early infectious period.

Wastewater monitoring is now undertaken at 142 locations across Victoria including 70 wastewater treatment plants and 72 sites within Melbourne metropolitan sewage networks.

Further information about wastewater testing.

General advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you are experiencing any symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.

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.

There are no current active exposure sites in Victoria. A list of exposure sites is published at Case alerts – public exposure sites.

Travel permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

Latest statewide numbers (data reported to 11:59pm yesterday):

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began 
0 0 0 2 0 16,426 5,248,413

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 8am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 

1,183,868

19,057 13.2