Media release
13 September 2021

Victoria was notified of 473 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.

There are 3,507 active cases in Victoria - 3,503 locally acquired and four overseas-acquired cases.

There are 157 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 38 of those cases are in intensive care, with 26 cases on a ventilator.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 25,591. 12 historic cases were reclassified yesterday.

Vaccines

Yesterday, 30,032 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria's state-commissioned services. This is highest number of doses ever delivered on a Sunday.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 2,864,299.

There are currently around 2,200 first-dose Pfizer appointments and 12,300 AstraZeneca appointments available over this week.

Additional vaccination bookings are also available at the following state-run centres:

  • Broadmeadows Town Hall
  • Melbourne Showgrounds
  • Melton Drive-Through Vaccination Clinic
  • Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre, South Morang
  • Former Ford Factory, Campbellfield.

Under current public-health directions, getting vaccinated is not a reason to travel from metropolitan Melbourne or Greater Shepparton to a non-restricted regional area and vice versa.

Children: All children aged 12 and over are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at state vaccination centres, GP clinics and community health services. We encourage families to get vaccinated together by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 and making a group booking.

A parent or guardian will need to provide informed consent for their child by attending the appointment with them or providing them with a signed consent form. Children may also be deemed mature enough to provide informed consent if attending their appointment alone.

Construction: Priority vaccination bookings are now open to Victorian construction workers. For more information, visit Massive construction compliance blitz across Victoria.

Contacts: Priority vaccination bookings are now open to household contacts of people who either work on COVID-19 streaming wards or are likely to interact with positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 (such as ICU and emergency staff, radiographers, allied health professionals and other ancillary staff).

Pregnant women: Priority vaccination bookings are now open to pregnant women in the later stages of pregnancy (i.e., from 24 weeks onwards), and those with complicated or high-risk pregnancies as determined by their healthcare provider.

Year 12 students: Priority vaccination bookings are now open to all Year 11 and 12 students sitting VCE Unit 3&4 exams, until Sunday 19 September. Booking information has been provided directly to eligible families.

Outbreaks

Of the 473 local cases diagnosed yesterday, 202 were linked to current cases as of this morning. More cases are expected to be linked to current cases and outbreaks as investigations continue.

The following Local Government Areas recorded more than one newly diagnosed case yesterday:

  • 4 cases in Banyule
  • 9 cases in Brimbank
  • 5 cases in Cardinia
  • 8 cases in Casey
  • 19 cases in Darebin
  • 3 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 15 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 188 cases in Hume
  • 2 cases in Kingston
  • 2 cases in Knox
  • 3 cases in Manningham
  • 8 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 9 cases in Melbourne
  • 16 cases in Melton
  • 3 cases in Mildura
  • 5 cases in Monash
  • 13 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 66 cases in Moreland
  • 2 cases in Port Phillip
  • 53 cases in Whittlesea
  • 27 cases in Wyndham
  • 3 cases in Yarra
  • 2 cases in Yarra Ranges.

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

Around 70 per cent of cases identified in Victoria yesterday are in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

Of Victoria's active cases:

  • 529 are aged between 0 and 9
  • 585 are aged between 10 and 19
  • 840 are aged between 20 and 29
  • 627 are aged between 30 and 39.

Around 85 per cent of all active cases in Victoria are people under 50 years of age.

Of the cases in hospital:

  • one is under one year old
  • 4 are aged 1 to 9 years
  • 4 are aged 10 to 19 years
  • 19 are aged 20 to 29
  • 27 are aged 30 to 39
  • 23 are aged 40 to 49
  • 28 are aged 50 to 59
  • 32 are aged 60 to 69
  • 12 are aged 70 to 79
  • 3 are aged 80 to 89
  • 4 are 90 years and over

Of the 157 people in hospital, 89 per cent were not vaccinated and 11 per cent are partially vaccinated. None are fully vaccinated.

There are currently more than 17,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were more than 1,000 published exposure sites in Victoria.

For more information on each exposure site, including dates and times of exposure, please visit Case alerts - public exposure sites.

There are now 29 active cases and 82 close contacts associated with the Fitzroy Community School outbreak.

The Department is currently investigating the circumstances leading up to this outbreak, including the COVIDSafe measures that were in place on site and how the Chief Health Officer Directions were being adhered to.

The school is closed for deep cleaning. Given the large number of staff and students who are primary close contacts of a confirmed case and who are required to isolate for 14 days, the Department does not anticipate the school will reopen for the remainder of that period.

The Department has also been notified of a positive case at the Melbourne Remand Centre. The case is a remand prisoner and is under investigation.

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.

COVID-19 wastewater detection

There have been repeated and unexpected wastewater detections in the Ballarat South area from samples collected over the last fortnight.

The detections could be the result of a person in the area who has recovered from COVID-19 but is still shedding the virus or it could be an undiscovered new case.

Anyone who lives, works or has visited the following suburbs is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop:

Alfredton, Bakery Hill, Ballarat Central, Ballarat East, Ballarat North, Black Hill, Bonshaw, Brown Hill, Buninyong, Canadian, Cardigan, Delacombe, Eureka, Golden Point, Invermay Park, Lake Gardens, Lake Wendouree, Lucas, Mount Clear, Mount Helen, Mount Pleasant, Nerrina, Newington, Redan, Sebastopol, Smythes Creek, Soldiers Hill, Warrenheip and Wendouree.

More information about wastewater testing is available at Wastewater testing.

Testing

49,037 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

Getting tested as soon as you have symptoms will help health authorities identify new positive cases and provide proper care for your family.

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 and other support for COVID-19.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested for COVID-19. Operating hours and wait times will vary.

For more information, call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

A free COVID-19 information line for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is now available by calling 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The infoline is open from 9am to 5pm, 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
473 0 0 3,507 0 49,037 10,159,836

 

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

3,618,842

12,169 8.45