Media release
17 May 2020

The total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 1,561 – a net increase of seven since yesterday.

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

There have been 160 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission.

Currently 11 people are in hospital, including 7 patients in intensive care. 1,417 people have recovered.

Of the total 1,561 cases, there have been 1,285 in metropolitan Melbourne and 228 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation. The total number of cases is made up of 827 men and 733 women.

More than 338,000 tests have been processed to date.

Of the seven new cases, two are linked to the outbreak at Cedar Meats, three were detected among returned travellers in mandatory hotel quarantine and two remain under investigation.

The total number of cases currently linked to the outbreak at Cedar Meats is now 99. One case previously linked to the outbreak was reclassified after further investigation found it was not associated.

The department continues to work with the company, which closed its 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. The site is planning to re-open tomorrow with very limited operations. Any staff returning to work will have returned a negative test result.

None of the new cases have been linked to the McDonald’s Fawkner outbreak, with the total number of cases in that outbreak remaining at 11. All close contacts of confirmed cases have been contacted by the department and will remain in quarantine for 14 days.

The department is also working with Domino’s in Fairfield and The Comfort Group in Deer Park, where an infectious case has attended, or a case may have acquired coronavirus.

While the risk of transmission is low, as a precaution the Domino’s shop has been closed for two weeks for thorough cleaning. All 16 staff members will be tested and will be quarantined for 14 days.

As a precaution, The Comfort Group site has been closed since Friday and will remain closed until at least Wednesday while investigations continue. A deep clean has already been undertaken. The department is currently working to acquire all relevant information and ensure all public health procedures are followed. All close and casual contacts will be tested, and quarantine requirements are being implemented as necessary.

“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)

MELBOURNE

97

17

STONNINGTON

91

1

BANYULE

89

3

BOROONDARA

65

2

GREATER GEELONG

64

MORELAND

61

7

MORNINGTON PENINSULA

61

2

BRIMBANK

60

8

CASEY

57

1

HUME

53

13

WYNDHAM

51

4

GLEN EIRA

50

4

MONASH

48

3

PORT PHILLIP

48

1

FRANKSTON

39

1

DAREBIN

38

1

MOONEE VALLEY

37

1

MELTON

35

7

BAYSIDE

31

INTERSTATE

31

3

WHITTLESEA

31

3

YARRA

29

3

MANNINGHAM

28

KINGSTON

26

NILLUMBIK

25

1

WHITEHORSE

24

1

YARRA RANGES

23

2

HOBSONS BAY

20

2

CARDINIA

16

GREATER DANDENONG

16

MARIBYRNONG

16

2

MAROONDAH

14

2

KNOX

13

BALLARAT

11

1

GREATER SHEPPARTON

11

1

MOIRA

11

WELLINGTON

11

SURF COAST

10

GREATER BENDIGO

9

MITCHELL

9

MACEDON RANGES

8

1

LATROBE

7

MILDURA

6

1

MOUNT ALEXANDER

6

ARARAT *

5

BAW BAW

5

SOUTH GIPPSLAND

5

WARRNAMBOOL

5

BASS COAST

4

BENALLA

3

HORSHAM

3

LODDON

3

MANSFIELD

3

NORTHERN GRAMPIANS

3

SWAN HILL

3

CAMPASPE

2

HEPBURN

2

MOORABOOL

2

1

MURRINDINDI

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

OVERSEAS

1

WEST WIMMERA

1

WODONGA

1

YARRIAMBIACK

1

UNKNOWN

8

7

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