Media release
15 May 2020

The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 1,543, a net increase of 20 since yesterday.

There were no new deaths reported. To date, 18 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

There have been 154 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission - a decrease of 10, thanks to our ongoing investigation and contact tracing work. Victoria has had four days without any growth in community transmission despite a significant increase in testing, which is a positive sign that the spread of the virus is slowing in the community.

Currently 9 people are in hospital, including 7 patients in intensive care. 1,407 people have recovered.

Of the total 1,543 cases, there have been 1,277 in metropolitan Melbourne and 227 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation. The total number of cases is made up of 818 men and 723 women.

More than 309,000 tests have been processed to date.

One case was removed from the overall total due to reclassification, thus an increase of 20 not 21. Of the new cases, six were detected among returned travellers in mandatory hotel quarantine, three were close contacts of known cases and nine remain under investigation.

Two of the new cases have been linked to the McDonald’s Restaurant outbreak in Fawkner, taking the total number of cases in this outbreak to ten. More than 90 employees have been tested as a precaution. Following the department’s advice, McDonald’s closed the restaurant and undertook a deep clean. All close contacts of confirmed cases have been contacted by the department and will remain in quarantine for 14 days.

One of the new cases has been linked to the outbreak at a Melbourne meat processing facility. The total number of cases currently linked to this outbreak is now 91.

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.

“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.

“Restrictions around some activities have now been relaxed in Victoria in recognition of the current low rate of community transmission of this virus.

“While encouraging, we need to remain vigilant. We must maintain physical distancing, practice hygiene and self-isolation when ill. These are common sense actions to ensure we don’t create a second wave of this serious disease, as we have seen in other countries once they have relaxed their stringent regulations.

“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.

“We are also asking Victorians to continue this amazing effort 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 are encouraged to get tested.”

Media inquiries:

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

Cases by Local Government Area

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.
  • The last column shows the number of current active cases in an LGA.  Active cases are defined as someone who has tested positive, is currently in isolation and being monitored by the Department and who has not yet recovered.

 

LGA

Confirmed cases (ever)

Active cases (current)

STONNINGTON

91

1

MELBOURNE

90

13

BANYULE

88

2

BOROONDARA

65

4

GREATER GEELONG

64

BRIMBANK

62 17

MORNINGTON PENINSULA

61

2

MORELAND

60 7

CASEY

56

1

HUME

51

12

WYNDHAM

51

9

GLEN EIRA

49

4

MONASH

48

3

PORT PHILLIP

48

1

DAREBIN

38

1

FRANKSTON

38

 

MOONEE VALLEY

37

1

MELTON

33

9

BAYSIDE

31

 

INTERSTATE

31

2

WHITTLESEA

31

4

MANNINGHAM

29

 

YARRA

29

3

KINGSTON

27

1

NILLUMBIK

25

1

WHITEHORSE

23

 

YARRA RANGES

23

2

HOBSONS BAY

19

1

CARDINIA

16

 

MARIBYRNONG

16

2

GREATER DANDENONG

15

 

MAROONDAH

14

2

KNOX

13

GREATER SHEPPARTON

11

1

MOIRA

11

WELLINGTON

11

1

BALLARAT

10

1

SURF COAST

10

GREATER BENDIGO

9

MITCHELL

9

MACEDON RANGES

8

1

LATROBE

7

OVERSEAS

7

MOUNT ALEXANDER

6

ARARAT *

5

BAW BAW

5

MILDURA

5

 

SOUTH GIPPSLAND

5

WARRNAMBOOL

5

BASS COAST

4

LODDON

4

BENALLA

3

HORSHAM

3

MANSFIELD

3

NORTHERN GRAMPIANS

3

SWAN HILL

3

CAMPASPE

2

HEPBURN

2

MOORABOOL

2

1

SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS

2

STRATHBOGIE

2

WANGARATTA

2

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

UNKNOWN

1

1

*Four cases in this LGA initially returned a positive result but were subject to further testing and subsequently returned negative results