Media Release
22 October 2020

More than 500 people in a number of northern suburbs have been advised to isolate to assist in controlling an outbreak of coronavirus.

In addition, any residents of the northern suburbs including Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg who are experiencing symptoms are being urged to be tested for coronavirus.

All of today’s 5 new cases are linked to these northern suburbs.

This advice follows the notification of a positive test result of a student who attended the East Preston Islamic College.

The College has taken positive steps to manage this situation and has been closed for deep cleaning. Staff and students who are close contacts - and their households - have been identified and are quarantining for 14 days.

A number of people related to the outbreak are observing quarantine requirements either at home or as part of the Covid19 Accommodation program and are being monitored by Austin Health and Banyule Community Health.

Extensive contact tracing is underway and we expect that as part of this work, additional cases will be detected.

Testing in the northern suburbs is available at:

  • Broadmeadows Central Shopping Centre at north carpark 1099 – 1169 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows from 9am – 5pm.
  • Coolaroo Respiratory Centre at 512 Barry St, Coolaroo from 9am – 5pm.
  • Melbourne airport, Terminal 4 Level 2 (Mercer Dv exit off Tullamarine Fwy) from 9am – 5pm.
  • Craigieburn Health Service, 274 – 304 Craigieburn road from 9am – 5pm.
  • Highlands Hotel at 301 Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn from 9.30am 4.30pm.
  • Austin Hospital at 145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg from 8am – 8pm.
  • Banyule Community Health at 21 Alamein Rd, Heidelberg West from 10am – 4pm.
  • Banyule Community Health at 14 – 32 Civic Drive, Greensborough from 9am – 4pm.
  • Northland Shopping Centre at Target carpark via Murray Rd, Preston from 9am – 5pm.
  • CB Smith Reserve at 79 Jukes Rd, Fawkner from 9am – 4pm.

The 5 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday take the total number of cases to 20,329.

There have been no new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. To date, 817 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (8 Oct 2020 – 21 Oct 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is 6.1 and regional Victoria is 0.4. The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days.

The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days (8 Oct 2020 – 21 Oct 2020) is 10 for metropolitan Melbourne and zero from regional Victoria. The 14-day period for the source of acquisition data ends 48 hours earlier than the 14-day period used to calculate the new case average due to the time required to fully investigate a case and assign its mode of acquisition.

The 10 mystery cases in the last 14 days (6 Oct 2020 – 19 Oct 2020) are in the following postcodes, 3015, 3024, 3025, 3037, 3047, 3073, 3081, 3128, 3152 and 3173.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 4,275 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of one since yesterday
  • 105 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 9 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care
  • 19,340 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 3,002,936 test results have been received which is an increase of 18,442 since yesterday

Of the 105 current active cases in Victoria:

  • 102 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the Second Step of our roadmap
  • 3 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap. The three cases are in Greater Shepparton. 

Of the total cases:

  • 18,933 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1,198 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9,695 men and 10,621 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3,604, active cases: 8
  • There are five active cases linked to aged care, spread across Estia sites in Keilor, Ringwood and Heidelberg and Uniting Age Well in Preston.

Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:

  • Northern metro region community (active 16, total 28)
  • Eastern Health Box Hill Hospital (active 8, total 14)
  • South-eastern community (active 6, total 9)
  • Chadstone Shopping Centre (active 4, total 39)

As public health work is undertaken throughout the day, outbreak totals are likely to change as the public health team identify links between cases and identified outbreaks. Organisation based outbreak totals include contacts as well as employees/residents/staff/students of that location/business.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398. The GV Health hotline can also be contacted on 1800 313 070 between 8am and 8pm. 

Testing site details are available here: dhhs.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19

Media enquiries:

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

Cases by Local Government Area

Please find the latest COVID-19 notifications by local government areas below.

Note:

  • Residential location is the residential address provided when the case is notified.
  • This is not where they were infected and may not be where the case currently resides.
  • Numbers are correct as of 11.59pm last night but are subject to change as cases are followed up and data is analysed. This can include changes to residential addresses following case interviews. 
  • The last column shows the number of current active cases in an LGA. Active cases are defined as someone who has tested positive, is currently in isolation and being monitored by the Department and who has not yet recovered.

Confirmed cases by LGA 22/10/2020

LGA

Confirmed cases (ever)

Active cases (current)

HUME

1663

19

WYNDHAM

2266

16

BRIMBANK

2033

8

WHITEHORSE

217

8

MELTON

1151

7

MONASH

339

6

BANYULE

449

4

CASEY

1059

4

MARIBYRNONG

593

4

GREATER DANDENONG

542

3

GREATER SHEPPARTON

52

3

HOBSONS BAY

502

3

MELBOURNE

880

3

PORT PHILLIP

294

3

KNOX

166

2

MOONEE VALLEY

813

2

WHITTLESEA

1203

2

BAYSIDE

246

1

BOROONDARA

271

1

DAREBIN

651

1

FRANKSTON

251

1

GLEN EIRA

230

1

MANNINGHAM

165

1

MORELAND

1051

1

STONNINGTON

260

1

ALPINE

1

0

ARARAT

7

0

BALLARAT

57

0

BASS COAST

11

0

BAW BAW

15

0

BENALLA

3

0

BULOKE

0

0

CAMPASPE

9

0

CARDINIA

204

0

CENTRAL GOLDFIELDS

2

0

COLAC OTWAY

137

0

CORANGAMITE

3

0

EAST GIPPSLAND

7

0

GANNAWARRA

2

0

GLENELG

20

0

GOLDEN PLAINS

18

0

GREATER BENDIGO

100

0

GREATER GEELONG

366

0

HEPBURN

2

0

HINDMARSH

0

0

HORSHAM

14

0

INDIGO

1

0

INTERSTATE

98

0

KINGSTON

299

0

LATROBE

57

0

LODDON

5

0

MACEDON RANGES

57

0

MANSFIELD

10

0

MAROONDAH

104

0

MILDURA

6

0

MITCHELL

90

0

MOIRA

12

0

MOORABOOL

38

0

MORNINGTON PENINSULA

184

0

MOUNT ALEXANDER

9

0

MOYNE

1

0

MURRINDINDI

9

0

NILLUMBIK

137

0

NORTHERN GRAMPIANS

3

0

OVERSEAS

4

0

PYRENEES

3

0

QUEENSCLIFFE

2

0

SOUTH GIPPSLAND

11

0

SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS

2

0

STRATHBOGIE

2

0

SURF COAST

15

0

SWAN HILL

5

0

TOWONG

0

0

UNKNOWN

96

0

WANGARATTA

2

0

WARRNAMBOOL

13

0

WELLINGTON

15

0

WEST WIMMERA

1

0

WODONGA

2

0

YARRA

459

0

YARRA RANGES

251

0

YARRIAMBIACK

1

0

Total

20329

105