Media release
19 November 2020

Authorised officers from the Department of Health and Human Services are continuing to meet all arriving aircraft from Adelaide as South Australia works to bring their coronavirus outbreak under control.

Yesterday two flights from Adelaide arrived at Tullamarine. A total of 237 passengers were screened and 171 were tested. All the tested passengers were from the Adelaide metropolitan area and none had attended the current high-risk locations in Adelaide.

None of the passengers were showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and there have been no positive cases identified from the planes.

The Victorian Government today announced temporary border controls with South Australia will be implemented from tonight.

From 11.59pm Thursday 19 November, a “hard border” will be in place at the South Australian border for 48 hours before a permit system comes into effect from 11.59pm Saturday 21 November.

This move follows the discovery of fragments of SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes coronavirus, in wastewater taken from the Benalla and Portland wastewater treatment plants on Tuesday.

These test results, in towns along freight routes between Victoria and South Australia, are unexpected and combined with confirmed community transmission in Adelaide, led to public health advice recommending the temporary border closure announced today.

Residents of Benalla and Portland and anyone who has visited those areas between 15 and 17 November are urged to get tested and to isolate until they get their test result.

New testing sites are being established in Benalla and Portland:

Benalla

  • Benalla District Health: 9:30am–6:30pm Mon–Fri and 9:30am–6:00pm on the weekend
  • Benalla Racecourse: 8:30am–3:30 from 20–22 November
  • Benalla Showgrounds: 8:30am–3:30pm from 20–22 November

Portland

  • Portland District Health: 10:00am–4:00pm 7 days per week

From today, interstate truck drivers travelling through Victoria from South Australia will be offered testing at a new site at the Nhill Trailer Exchange on the Western Highway. Other testing sites will be progressively added at other major freight routes in coming days. Truck drivers can also be tested at any of the 193 other testing sites across Victoria.

While the risk of a truck driver from South Australia bringing COVID-19 into Victoria is low, we are working with the major interstate freight companies, independent operators and industry peak bodies to provide advice about the need for testing.

Test samples will be fast-tracked for analysis and drivers will be allowed to continue their journey and will be contacted once their results are known.

We are continuing to monitor the situation in South Australia and are working closely with South Australian health authorities. Victorian contact tracers are also assisting South Australia with their contact tracing efforts. This support is being provided from Victoria.

Victorian public health authorities continue to work closely with returning SA travellers to determine if they have arrived from metropolitan Adelaide and are following up with these cases to ensure they are isolating as required.

We have also identified 46 people who are in Victoria who have left Hotel Quarantine in South Australia and are required to undertake another period of quarantine in Victoria..

Individuals are asked to quarantine for 14 days from the last time they were at the hotel. They will also undergo a Day 11 test towards the end of this quarantine period to ensure no asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic infections are missed.

They can quarantine at home if they are able to do so safely and appropriately. Support services are available to assist these people during their quarantine period and relief accommodation is available for individuals who cannot complete their quarantine at home.

Anyone who has been in SA in the last 14 days should check the exposure sites listed on the SA Health website and take the appropriate actions. And if they have any symptoms, no matter how mild, they should get tested and self-isolate until the result is available.

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,345.

There have been no new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. To date, 819 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

This is the 20th straight day where Victoria has recorded zero daily new cases or deaths.

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (5 Nov – 18 Nov 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is zero and regional Victoria is zero. The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days.

The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days (3 Nov – 16 Nov 2020) is zero for metropolitan Melbourne and zero from regional Victoria. The 14-day period for the source of acquisition data ends 48 hours earlier than the 14-day period used to calculate the new case average due to the time required to fully investigate a case and assign its mode of acquisition.

Yesterday the Department reported a repeat positive swab in a previously diagnosed case of COVID-19 that was notified to the department on 17 November and was considered a case of persistent shedding and not a new infection.

The Expert Review Panel have considered the case and additional test results and have confirmed this to be persistent shedding and not a new case. Precautionary measures that were in place will now be stood down.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 3762 cases may indicate community transmission – no change since yesterday
  • 3 cases are currently active in Victoria. All active cases are in metropolitan Melbourne
  • 2 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care
  • 19,523 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 3,457,275 test results have been received which is an increase of 17,161 since yesterday

Of the total cases:

  • 18,968 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1197 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9702 men and 10,630 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3573, active cases: 0

As public health work is undertaken throughout the day, outbreak totals are likely to change as the public health team identify links between cases and identified outbreaks. Organisation based outbreak totals include contacts as well as employees/residents/staff/students of that location/business.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398. Testing site details are available at the Where to get tested page.

Current exposure sites from the South Australian outbreak are on the SA Health website.

Media enquiries:

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. This can include changes to residential addresses following case interviews. 
  • 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)
GREATER DANDENONG 540 2
CASEY 1064 1
ALPINE 1 0
ARARAT 6 0
BALLARAT 57 0
BANYULE 451 0
BASS COAST 10 0
BAW BAW 16 0
BAYSIDE 246 0
BENALLA 3 0
BOROONDARA 273 0
BRIMBANK 2015 0
BULOKE 0 0
CAMPASPE 11 0
CARDINIA 204 0
CENTRAL GOLDFIELDS 2 0
COLAC OTWAY 136 0
CORANGAMITE 3 0
DAREBIN 667 0
EAST GIPPSLAND 7 0
FRANKSTON 249 0
GANNAWARRA 2 0
GLEN EIRA 230 0
GLENELG 20 0
GOLDEN PLAINS 20 0
GREATER BENDIGO 99 0
GREATER GEELONG 365 0
GREATER SHEPPARTON 53 0
HEPBURN 2 0
HINDMARSH 0 0
HOBSONS BAY 506 0
HORSHAM 14 0
HUME 1663 0
INDIGO 1 0
INTERSTATE 106 0
KINGSTON 297 0
KNOX 166 0
LATROBE 56 0
LODDON 5 0
MACEDON RANGES 56 0
MANNINGHAM 167 0
MANSFIELD 10 0
MARIBYRNONG 599 0
MAROONDAH 105 0
MELBOURNE 893 0
MELTON 1159 0
MILDURA 6 0
MITCHELL 89 0
MOIRA 11 0
MONASH 335 0
MOONEE VALLEY 810 0
MOORABOOL 38 0
MORELAND 1047 0
MORNINGTON PENINSULA 183 0
MOUNT ALEXANDER 9 0
MOYNE 2 0
MURRINDINDI 9 0
NILLUMBIK 136 0
NORTHERN GRAMPIANS 3 0
OVERSEAS 7 0
PORT PHILLIP 295 0
PYRENEES 3 0
QUEENSCLIFFE 2 0
SOUTH GIPPSLAND 11 0
SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS 2 0
STONNINGTON 259 0
STRATHBOGIE 2 0
SURF COAST 14 0
SWAN HILL 5 0
TOWONG 0 0
UNKNOWN 67 0
WANGARATTA 2 0
WARRNAMBOOL 13 0
WELLINGTON 17 0
WEST WIMMERA 1 0
WHITEHORSE 217 0
WHITTLESEA 1218 0
WODONGA 2 0
WYNDHAM 2264 0
YARRA 463 0
YARRA RANGES 247 0
YARRIAMBIACK 1 0
Total 20345 3