Media release
3 October 2021

Victoria was notified of 1,220 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.

There are 11,785 active cases in Victoria – all locally acquired.

There are 476 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 98 of those cases are in intensive care, with 57 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified of three deaths yesterday – a man aged in his 50s from Casey, a woman aged in her 70s from Banyule and a man aged in his 80s from Stonnington.

This brings the total number of deaths from the current outbreak to 49, and the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 869.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 41,128.


Yesterday, 36,248 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,641,164.

82.3 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 51.9 per cent have had two doses.

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

Ten vaccination centres across Melbourne will begin administering the Moderna vaccine from 4 October until Sunday 10 October, with 100,000 doses available to anyone aged 12 to 59 years at the following hubs:

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


Of the 1,220 cases reported yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 23 cases in Banyule
  • 10 cases in Bayside
  • 9 cases in Boroondara
  • 74 cases in Brimbank
  • 19 cases in Cardinia
  • 59 cases in Casey
  • 37 cases in Darebin
  • 15 cases in Frankston
  • 9 cases in Glen Eira
  • 38 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 22 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 233 cases in Hume
  • 16 cases in Kingston
  • 19 cases in Knox
  • 21 cases in Manningham
  • 28 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 9 cases in Maroondah
  • 36 cases in Melbourne
  • 71 cases in Melton
  • 22 cases in Monash
  • 48 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 77 cases in Moreland
  • 4 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 2 cases in Nillumbik
  • 32 cases in Port Phillip
  • 12 cases in Stonnington
  • 9 cases in Whitehorse
  • 112 cases in Whittlesea
  • 82 cases in Wyndham
  • 13 cases in Yarra
  • 6 cases in Yarra Ranges

There were also 52 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 4 cases in Ararat
  • 4 cases in Ballarat
  • 1 case in Bass Coast
  • 3 cases in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Corangamite
  • 5 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 8 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 7 cases in Latrobe
  • 2 cases in Macedon Ranges
  • 1 case in Mildura
  • 9 cases in Mitchell
  • 2 cases in Moorabool
  • 1 case in Moyne
  • 2 cases in South Gippsland
  • 1 case in Wangaratta
  • 1 case in Warrnambool

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

A large number of cases were cleared over the previous reporting period due to the streamlined clearance process implemented across Local Public Health Units yesterday.

Of the COVID-19 cases in hospital yesterday, 5 per cent were fully vaccinated.

There are currently more than 33,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were 620 published exposure sites in Victoria.

The Department has changed the way it communicates with primary close contacts required to quarantine.

  • People who have been tested for COVID-19 on or after Day 13 of their quarantine period and who receive a negative result can stop quarantining. They will not be contacted by the Department of Health and can use their negative test result as proof that they have completed their quarantine period.
  • People who have not been tested for COVID-19 on or after Day 13 should get tested as soon as possible and stay in quarantine until they have received a negative result. If they do not get tested, their quarantine period might be extended.
  • People who have had new exposure to COVID-19 during their quarantine period, including being in the same household as someone with COVID-19, should stay in quarantine and await further advice.

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.

Update: Restrictions

The City of Greater Shepparton, Moorabool Shire, City of Latrobe, Mitchell Shire and metropolitan Melbourne are in lockdown. For information on current restrictions, visit How we live.

Restrictions on the Victorian construction industry will ease at 11:59pm 4 October. For more information on Victoria’s construction sector restrictions, visit  COVIDSafe reopening for Victorian construction.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas:

  • Mildura area – repeated unexpected wastewater detections with the period of interest from 26 September in areas of Mildura

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.


In another record day for testing in Victoria, with 71,275 COVID-19 tests processed yesterday.

The Department of Health strongly recommends that students living in areas with high COVID-19 case numbers get tested for coronavirus before sitting the GAT on Tuesday, 5 October 2021.

Priority postcodes are:

  • 3021, 3023, 3029, 3030, 3037, 3046, 3047, 3048, 3059, 3060, 3061, 3064, 3073, 3074, 3075, 3076, 3082, 3338, 3750, 3752, 3754 and 3977.

Students living in these areas have been given instructions on accessing priority COVID-19 testing this weekend, with dedicated lanes available at the Melbourne Showgrounds and Coolaroo testing sites.

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 support.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested. 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 or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.

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 
1,220 0 0 11,785 3 71,275 11,312,925


Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 7am today)

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


2,739 1.9