Media release
19 July 2021

Victoria was notified of 14 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.

13 are locally acquired cases linked to the recent interstate incursions of COVID-19.

There was one case reported in a recently returned international traveller in hotel quarantine.

There were 81 active cases in Victoria – 72 locally acquired and 9 overseas acquired cases.

There was one COVID-19 case in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,798.

Update: Outbreaks

All of the 13 new cases announced today are linked to the current outbreak.

One of the cases was in isolation for their entire infectious period.

Of the 13 new locally acquired cases:

One is the case who contracted the virus at the MCG and who has returned to Mildura – and another is his household contact.

Four are linked to Miss Frankie – all who dined at the venue.

Two are linked to Trinity Grammar – another two students.

One is another social contact of the Phillip Island case.

One is linked to AAMI Park.

One is linked to Young and Jacksons.

One is linked to Bacchus Marsh Grammar, who was in isolation during their infectious period.

And one is the first case emerging from the Euro Finals event at the Crafty Squire, for a total of 13 – and a total 72 for the outbreaks.

Previously, it would have been very unlikely that someone who contracted the virus would transmit it to a stranger 36 hours later.

More than 15,800 primary close contacts are identified by the Department as of this morning.

The Department and local public health units continue to support the Mildura community.

New testing sites have been deployed, including a centre at Mildura Recreation Reserve from this morning.

Locals are reminded they need to get tested only if they have been to a Tier 1 or Tier 2 exposure site (or have otherwise been advised to do so by the Department), or if they have symptoms.

An online community forum will be held in Mildura tonight, with presentations from Mildura Mayor Cr Jason Modica, the Department of Health, and the Local Public Health Unit.

Exposure sites are published at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations. 

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews. 

Reminder: Advice for AAMI Park

Members of the public at AAMI Park for the Wallabies v France match on Tuesday 13 July are asked to follow new advice for this exposure site, which is of significant concern to public health teams.

We have expanded the Tier 1 exposure site and upgraded a large number of people who were Tier 3 to Tier 2.

MAP OF VENUE

TIER 1 EXPOSURE SITE – immediately isolate, get tested and quarantine for 14 days, and contact the Department on 1300 651 160:

  • Anyone seated in Zone 2, Level 1 (entering through Gate 7) in Sections 22, 23 and 24 (Aisles 20-23, Rows A to U, Seats 378-457.) This is represented by the purple sections 22, 23 and 24 in the black box of the map above.
  • Anyone who entered Gate 7 between 7:56pm and 8:13pm. Gate 7 is shown on the map above.

TIER 2 EXPOSURE SITE – immediately isolate, get tested, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result:

  • All other people who entered Gate 7 on July 13. This advice applies to those seated in Sections 25-42 of Zone 2 and who didn't enter Gate 7 within 7:56pm-8:13pm. See map above.
  • UPDATE: All people seated in Sections 81-91. This is represented by the red sections in the map.

TIER 3 EXPOSURE SITE – monitor for symptoms and get tested if any develop:

  • All other people at the game who didn’t enter Gate 6, 7 or 8.

If you have previously received different advice based on where you sat in AAMI Park, you must now follow the new advice.

To see where to get tested, visit Where to get tested

Reminder: Advice for MCG

If you were in the MCC Members' Reserve for the Geelong vs Carlton game on Saturday 10 July, you may be receiving updated advice from the Department to your phone through ticket and check-in records.

TIER 1 PRIMARY CLOSE CONTACT UPDATES:

Some updates have been made to Primary Close Contact times and locations. Attendees considered Primary Close Contacts required to isolate for 14 days are:

  • people who attended Percy Beames' Bar between 4pm and 4:30, and again between 5:20pm and 5:50pm
  • people who entered Gate 2 between 3:53pm and 4:06pm (UPDATE: this has been extended by three minutes)
  • people seated in sections N40-46 on Level 2 of the Members' Reserve (UPDATE: this has been extended from sections N41-45)
  • and others identified as having close contact with a confirmed case present

If you’re a Primary Close Contact, you need to immediately isolate, get tested, and quarantine for 14 days following your exposure. Call the Department at 1300 651 160.

REQUEST FOR RE-TEST:

Other than for the above, all other areas of the MCC Members’ Reserve remain a Tier 2 site – requiring you to isolate, get tested, and stay isolated until you have received a negative result.

UPDATE: If you were on Level 2 of the Members’ Reserve at any stage and have already had one test, the Chief Health Officer is requesting that you obtain a second test when possible following your first.

If you are in this category and you don’t have symptoms, you won’t be required to isolate while waiting for your second test result. But if you do have symptoms, you must isolate until a negative result is received.

To see where to get tested, visit Where to get tested.

Update: Testing

54,839 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

In response to the current cases in Victoria, extended operating hours have been introduced at multiple testing sites.

See new and extended texting sites at Where to get tested.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday, 14,758 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 1,392,522.

Victoria’s online booking system is now live at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Information about Victoria’s vaccination centres can be found at Vaccination centres.

Update: Travel permits

New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory are red zones.

The City of Brisbane, Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast are orange zones.

You must have a valid permit, exception or exemption to enter Victoria, even if entering from a green zone.

Permits can be obtained at Service Victoria

See more about Victoria's travel permit system at Victorian Travel Permit System.

Update: Advice for household contacts of a Primary Close Contact

Information is available online for people who are household contacts of a Primary Close Contact.

View more at What to do if you are a close contact.

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. 

The Department publishes expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where to 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):

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began
13 0 1 81 0 54,839 7,822,576

 

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 

3,010,944

8,753 6.08