Media release
16 June 2021

Victoria was notified of eight new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

Five were locally acquired cases linked to the current outbreak and three cases are international travellers in hotel quarantine.

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

There are active cases in Victoria – 38 are locally acquired and 17 are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,677.

Update: Outbreaks

Four cases are linked to the Southbank outbreak, including two announced yesterday. The two additional cases are household contacts of a positive case and have been quarantining during their infectious period.

One positive case has been detected in a nurse working with COVID-positive patients at Epping Private.

The only patients currently in this facility are the three residents from Arcare Maidstone.

Nine staff members at Epping Private have been identified as Tier 1 PCCs and will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

All other staff have been tested and will need to return a negative test before returning to work.

The case also worked at a medical ward at the Northern Hospital on 11 and 12 June.

A strong public health response has been established around this exposure.

Initially, 22 staff have been identified as Tier 1 Primary Close Contacts and will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

All other staff in the affected section of the hospital are being tested.

Further contact tracing and public health risk assessment is underway to identify other affected exposure sites.

For a full list of exposure sites see, Case alerts public exposure sites page on the Coronavirus.vic.gov.au website.

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.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday 14,870 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state-commissioned services to 831,856.

Over 1.8 million doses have been administered across state, general practice and Commonwealth programs.

Victoria’s online booking system is now live, see Book your vaccine appointment on the Coronavirus.vic.gov.au website.

Victorians awaiting their second dose are encouraged to book online today or call the coronavirus hotline.

For a full list of walk-in centres. their opening times, and walk-in guidance, see Vaccination centres on the Coronavirus.vic.gov.au website.

Update: Testing

Only through extensive testing can we be certain we are rapidly identifying all COVID-19 cases in Victoria.

Yesterday 17,538 tests were processed.

The Department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation, see Where to get tested on the Coronavirus.vic.gov.au website.

Update: Eased restrictions

From 11.59pm tomorrow, 17 June, restrictions will further ease on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

For more information can, see the Statement from the acting Premier.

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. 

For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

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17,538

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Cases locally acquired

Cases acquired interstate

Cases acquired overseas

Active cases

Lives lost

Tests processed yesterday

Total tests since pandemic began

 

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6,430

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Number of permits issued

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Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hour

Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours