Victoria was notified of one new case of COVID-19 yesterday.
The case is locally acquired and linked to the current outbreak.
There were three COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria yesterday.
There are 68 active cases in Victoria – 53 are locally acquired and 15 are overseas acquired cases.
The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,659.
The new case is a primary close contact linked to the Arcare Maidstone outbreak (non-resident) and has been in quarantine throughout their infectious period.
There are fewer than 2000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria. More than 6400 primary close contacts have been cleared.
Public health teams are investigating links between yesterday’s locally-acquired case in the City of Melbourne and existing outbreaks and have established initial connections.
The number of exposure sites in Victoria as of 12:00pm today was 128.
Recently, exposure sites have been added in Reservoir, Southbank, Docklands, North Melbourne, North Geelong, Thomastown, Thornbury, Craigieburn, Burnside, Hillside, Taylors Hill and Taylors Lakes.
Many of these sites date back beyond a 14-day period. Through investigating these sites, public health teams hope to establish a source of acquisition for recent unlinked cases.
The full list of exposure sites can be seen at Case alerts - public exposure sites.
The Department also manages a number of exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, 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.
Yesterday 14,390 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.
This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state-commissioned services to 785,623.
Over 1.7 million doses have been administered across state, general practice and Commonwealth programs.
Around 50,000 people have booked in for their first Pfizer dose this week – this is the number of first doses which can be administered while also delivering second doses for tens of thousands of others.
Every first dose booking already in the system for this coming week will proceed.
Tens of thousands of eligible Victorians are able to book an appointment for their first dose of Pfizer from next week with appointment times progressively being made available.
Today is the final day of a five-day vaccination blitz for Ambulance Victoria staff with paramedics, non-emergency patient transport workers and staff offered priority walk-up access for vaccination.
The full list of walk-in centres. their opening times, and whether they have walk-in capacity for people under 50, is available at Vaccination centres.
The Victorian Government is also calling on eligible healthcare workers to join its growing workforce at high-volume vaccination sites.
Eligible workers are encouraged to register their interest at COVID-19 vaccine program workforce.
Only through extensive testing can we be certain we are rapidly identifying all COVID-19 cases in Victoria.
Yesterday 17,102 tests were processed.
A number of testing centres in Healesville, Lilydale, Yarra Junction and Emerald remain closed due to weather-related power outages. Nearby alternatives are available.
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.
Update: Eased restrictions
Victoria’s eased restrictions are now in place.
In metropolitan Melbourne, face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless in a private home or unless an exception applies. You cannot have visitors to your home unless they are your intimate partner or single social bubble buddy.
You also cannot travel more than 25km from your home or travel to regional Victoria except for work, study, care, or to visit your nearest vaccination centre.
If there is an emergency you are allowed to leave home – this includes if you have lost power in your home due the recent extreme weather, you are allowed to leave and stay with family or friends.
All categories of elective surgery will recommence in metropolitan Melbourne from Tuesday.
Different restrictions are in place in regional Victoria. You can have up to two adults visit your home per day. Face masks are mandatory indoors, and outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5m from others. You can see friends and family outdoors in a public place in a group of up to 20 people.
More information about the current eased restrictions can be found at COVIDSafe Settings.
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.
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):
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