Media release
Wednesday 06 May 2020

The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 1440 – an increase of 17 since yesterday.

There were no new deaths reported yesterday. To date, 18 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
    
The total number of cases is made up of 760 men and 680 women, with people aged from babies to their early nineties.

There are 145 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission. Currently eight people are in hospital, including six patients in intensive care. 1321 people have recovered. 

Of the total 1440 cases, there have been 1182 in metropolitan Melbourne and 219 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation.

More than 162,000 tests have been completed with many more samples still being processed as part of Victoria’s testing blitz. 

The new confirmed cases include four new cases of COVID-19 at a Melbourne meat processing facility, taking the total number of cases in this cluster to 49. The department is working closely with the company, which agreed to close their facility for 14 days as a precaution to ensure all required steps are taken - including thorough contact tracing, identifying all close contacts, widespread testing and precautionary cleaning.

All staff have been tested or are in the process of being tested. All staff are being provided with further information about potential exposure to coronavirus in the workplace, symptoms and quarantine requirements.

Today’s cases include a staff member at a Bacchus Marsh aged care facility that has tested positive for coronavirus. The staff member at Grant Lodge, part of Djerriwarrh Health Services, was asymptomatic but was tested on Saturday as part of Victoria’s expanded screening program.

Other staff who have interacted with the positive worker are being tested and sent home for isolation. The facility has also been closed for isolation and thorough cleaning is occurring. All 24 residents are being tested and their families advised.

“Today’s increase in cases illustrates once again that while we have been flattening the curve, our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” said Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton.

“Victorians have done a remarkable job so far sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and staying at home has saved lives. But now is not the time for complacency. Up to 100,000 Victorians will be tested for coronavirus during these two weeks as part of a major testing blitz across the state,” Professor Sutton said.

“The main aim of this increase in testing is to improve access and actively search for cases, allowing us to gain a better picture of this virus and make informed decisions for Victoria. We are asking Victorians to again play their part and get tested if they have symptoms, because the more tests we do, the more data we have about the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

“People with common symptoms of coronavirus including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell – however mild – are encouraged to get tested.”

There are only four reasons for Victorians to leave their home: food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education.

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

Cases by Local Government Areas    

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.

STONNINGTON  -  89
BANYULE  -  86
MELBOURNE  - 77
BOROONDARA  - 65
GREATER GEELONG  - 63
MORNINGTON PENINSULA  - 60
CASEY  - 56
MORELAND  - 52
BRIMBANK  -  49
GLEN  EIRA  -  48
PORT  PHILLIP  -  47
MONASH  - 45
HUME  - 40
FRANKSTON  - 38
DAREBIN  - 37
WYNDHAM  - 37
MOONEE  VALLEY  -  36
BAYSIDE  -  31
INTERSTATE  - 31
MANNINGHAM - 29
YARRA  - 27
KINGSTON  - 26
WHITTLESEA  - 26
NILLUMBIK  -  25
MELTON  -  23
WHITEHORSE  - 23
YARRA  RANGES  - 22
HOBSONS  BAY - 18
CARDINIA  - 16
GREATER  DANDENONG  - 15
MARIBYRNONG  -  14
KNOX  - 13
MAROONDAH  - 12
MOIRA  - 11
WELLINGTON  -  11
GREATER  SHEPPARTON  - 10
SURF  COAST  - 10
BALLARAT  -  9
GREATER  BENDIGO  -   9
MITCHELL  - 9
MACEDON  RANGES  - 8
LATROBE  - 7
OVERSEAS  -  7
MOUNT  ALEXANDER  - 6
BAW   BAW  - 5
MILDURA  - 5
SOUTH  GIPPSLAND - 5
WARRNAMBOOL - 5
BASS  COAST  - 4
BENALLA  - 3
HORSHAM    - 3
LODDON  - 3
MANSFIELD  - 3
NORTHERN  GRAMPIANS  - 3
SWAN  HILL   - 3
CAMPASPE  - 2
HEPBURN  - 2
MOORABOOL  - 2
SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS   - 2
STRATHBOGIE  - 2
WANGARATTA  - 2
ARARAT  - 1
CENTRAL  GOLDFIELDS  - 1
CORANGAMITE  - 1
EAST  GIPPSLAND  - 1
GANNAWARRA  - 1
GLENELG  - 1
GOLDEN  PLAINS  - 1
MOYNE    - 1
MURRINDINDI   - 1
WEST  WIMMERA  - 1
WODONGA   - 1
YARRIAMBIACK   - 1