Media release
10 June 2021

Victoria was notified of four new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

There were four COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

There are 78 active cases in Victoria, 64 are locally acquired and 14 are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,654.

Update: Restrictions to be eased from 11.59pm tonight

Victoria's current restrictions will be further eased from 11.59pm tonight.

In metropolitan Melbourne, face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless in a private home or unless an exception applies.

From more details about the easing of restrictions, please read yesterday's statement from the Acting Premier at Statement From The Acting Premier.

More information about the current restrictions in place today can be found at COVIDsafe settings.

Update: Outbreaks

The four new cases are from the same household in Reservoir.

They are not yet linked to the current outbreak and investigations into the likely source of their infections are ongoing.

The first case is a man aged in his 80s who was tested on 8 June and recorded a positive result yesterday.

Three other members of his household, a woman in her 70s, a man in his 50s and a man in his 20s, also tested positive late yesterday.

Victorian health authorities urgently tested a number of high-risk primary close contacts of these cases outside of this household. All have returned negative results.

There are a number of new exposure sites linked to these new cases that have been published on the Victoria coronavirus website.

Anyone who has been to the following Tier 2 exposure sites at the listed dates and times need to get tested today and isolate until they get a negative result:

  • Marco Fine Food & Groceries - Reservoir Central, Shop 8, 830 Plenty Rd, 8 June, between 12pm - 12:30pm.
  • BP Thomastown, 72 Keon Parade on 7 June, between 6pm - 6:30pm
  • Coles Bundoora Square, on Settlement Rd & Plenty Rd, on 7 June, between 12pm and 1pm
  • Bunnings Thomastown, 11 Dalton Rd on 8 June, between 6pm - 6:30pm

When including some overlapping cases, there are 32 active cases linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak, 32 to the Port Melbourne outbreak, 10 to the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility and 15 to the West Melbourne outbreak.

As of yesterday, there are over 1000 primary close contacts linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak, over 1500 linked to the Port Melbourne workplace outbreak, over 1000 linked to Arcare Maidstone, 117 linked to BlueCross aged care Sunshine and over 1400 linked to the West Melbourne outbreak still isolating.

A total of 3596 primary close contacts have been cleared since 5 June.

Sixty-seven per cent of primary close contacts linked to the City of Whittlesea and Port Melbourne workplace outbreaks have now been cleared.

The number of exposure sites in Victoria as of midday today was 139. The full list of exposure sites can be seen at: Exposure sites.

The Department also manages a number of exposure sites which it doesn't publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record keeping and contact tracing measures in place, or if they identify small, private locations.

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews.

Update: Two Victorian cases diagnosed in Queensland

Victorian health authorities continue to work closely with their Queensland and NSW counterparts regarding COVID-19 exposure in those states.

Queensland Health has reported two cases of COVID-19 in a Victorian couple who drove from Victoria to Queensland.

The couple, from Melton, left home early on 1 June.

The first case developed symptoms of COVID-19 on 3 June and may have been infectious when they left their home in Victoria.

Victorian contact tracers are working to pinpoint the source of this infection.

Investigations have revealed one of the cases checked in near the Craigieburn Central shopping centre on 23 May.

There have been 9 positive COVID-19 cases who have visited this shopping centre during the current outbreak.

Investigations into the source of these cases continues.

Following completion of the interview process by Queensland Health and NSW Health, the Victorian Department of Health commenced case interviews with the individuals late this afternoon.

Three more positive COVID-19 wastewater detections

There have been three new positive detections today of COVID-19 viral fragments in wastewater samples taken in the Pascoe Vale, Scoresby and Vermont areas.

These new detections are of interest as there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases in those areas.

While the unexpected detections may be due to someone who has had COVID-19 that is no longer infectious continuing to ‘shed' the virus or it may be due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case.

Residents of and recent visitors to the following suburbs from between 3-7 June are urged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if any symptoms develop.

  • Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale.
  • Burwood East, Forest Hill, Glen Waverley, Scoresby, Vermont South, Wantirna South, Wheelers Hill.
  • Balwyn, Balwyn North, Blackburn, Blackburn, North, Box Hill, Box Hill North, Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Mitcham, Mont Albert, Mont Albert North, Nunawading

The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system and a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found.

The Department of Health has increased wastewater testing in the area with results reported online at Wastewater testing. The Department will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Yesterday, the department reported a positive detection of COVID-19 viral fragments in a wastewater sample taken from the sewer sub-catchment serving suburbs north-west of Bendigo.

Residents of and recent visitors between 3-7 June to the suburbs of California Gully, Eaglehawk, Epsom, Huntly, Jackass Flat, Maiden Gully, Marong, North Bendigo and Sailors Gully are urged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if any symptoms develop.

Update: Vaccinations

Despite yesterday's heavy rains and high winds, 20,784 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria's state-commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state-commissioned services to 725,049.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who is a primary close contact, must not attend a vaccination centre. If you have COVID019 symptoms, go to a testing centre, get a test, and go home until you receive your result.

The five-day vaccination blitz for Ambulance Victoria staff continues today with paramedics, non-emergency patient transport workers and staff offered priority walk-up access for vaccination.

All state vaccination centres with walk-in capacity will operate priority access, including active queue management, for these priority workers.

The full list of walk-in centres. their opening times, and whether they have walk-in capacity for people aged under 50 years, is available at Vaccination centres.

The blitz will run until Sunday.

People who are eligible are encouraged to register their interest at COVID-19 vaccine program workforce.

Update: Testing

It was another strong day for COVID-19 testing with 23,679 tests completed.

More than 600,000 tests have been processed since the current outbreak began.

There are more than 210 testing centres operating throughout Victoria, 40 are operating with extended hours and 99 per cent of test results are being received by the next day.

With the current severe weather, some sites have temporarily suspended operations.

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.

General advice

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 symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.

With high winds and heavy rain forecast for coming days, if you're getting tested or vaccinated check the forecast ahead, check our online maps for different options, and make an informed choice about what you're going to do and where you're going to go.

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

4

0

0

78

0

23,679

6,838,732

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

2,505,065

4,644

3.23