Media Release
2 December 2020

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday and there are no cases currently active. The total confirmed cases in Victoria remains at 20,345.

This is the 33rd straight day where Victoria has recorded zero daily cases. There were no new deaths and the state’s death toll stands at 820.

A total of 3,593,321 test results have been received in Victoria which is an increase of 12,177 since yesterday.

The Department is urging anyone with symptoms in the Colac area to get tested after coronavirus (COVID-19) was detected yesterday in a wastewater sample.

The sample produced a strong testing result and follows the detection of low levels of viral fragments on 23 November. Further samples will be taken today for testing.

Wastewater surveillance is relatively new but proving to be very reliable in identifying fragments of the virus at a community level as an additional tool in our response to coronavirus.

People who have or have recently had COVID-19 may shed fragments of the virus and these can enter wastewater through toilets, sinks and drains.

This viral shedding may come from different sources – such as used tissues, off hands and skin, or in stools – and last for several weeks beyond a person’s infectious period.

Anyone who has visited Colac or been in the Colac area on Monday or yesterday and has even the mildest of symptoms should get tested. Testing is available at Colac Neighbourhood House, 23 Miller Street from 9am – 12.30pm tomorrow and Friday.

A woman in her 20s whose test result produced an indeterminate result on Monday was confirmed yesterday as a negative result, which was confirmed by the expert review panel.

The Victorian Government is continuing to monitor the situation in South Australia and will be guided by the health advice.

A permit is required to enter Victoria from South Australia unless an exemption applies. Permits are available from the Service Victoria website.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.

Testing site details, including opening hours, are available at Where to get tested.

More information about travel to and from South Australia is available on the DHHS website.

Media enquiries:

Department of Health & Human Services Media Unit (03) 9096 8860 or press@dhhs.vic.gov.au