Media Release
21 October 2020

Victoria has recorded three new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,323.

There have been no new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. To date, 817 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

Of today’s three new cases:

  • Two are linked to the northern metro region community outbreak
  • One is a household contact of a known case

The three cases were in quarantine when they tested positive.

A previous case included in yesterday’s numbers continues to be reviewed and assessed by an expert panel of clinicians and epidemiologists to determine if this is a new infection or if the person is still shedding virus from their original infection.

One avenue being explored is that this is a reinfection of coronavirus. Such cases are rare globally and only a handful have been reported in scientific literature. We are conducting further investigations and additional tests, including whole genome sequencing, before making a final determination.

While this investigation is underway, the case is being treated as a new positive and appropriate public health actions are in place, pending a decision.

The Department of Health and Human Services continues to work with local health services to contain an outbreak of coronavirus in Shepparton. There are three cases in Shepparton.

Day 11 re-testing of contacts and close contacts in Shepparton is continuing, with the final round of tests to be conducted on Saturday.

A further 248 tests were taken in Shepparton and surrounding regions yesterday, taking the total number of tests in Shepparton and the surrounding region to 6,972.

Details about current high-risk locations, locations of concern and testing centres open today in Shepparton and surrounding regions are available on the Department’s website.

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (7 Oct 2020 – 20 Oct 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is 6.2 and regional Victoria is 0.4. 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 (4 Oct 2020 – 17 Oct 2020) is 10 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.

The 10 mystery cases in the last 14 days (7 Oct 2020 – 20 Oct 2020) are in the following postcodes, 3015, 3024, 3025, 3037, 3047, 3073, 3081, 3128, 3152 and 3173.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 4276 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of one since yesterday 
  • 109 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 10 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care
  • 19,329 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,984,494 test results have been received which is an increase of 17,409 since yesterday

Of the 109 current active cases in Victoria:

  • 106 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the Second Step of our roadmap
  • 3 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap. The three cases are in Greater Shepparton. 

Of the total cases:

  • 18,927 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1198 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9691 men and 10,619 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3602, active cases: 8
  • There are 8 active cases relating to aged care facilities 

Active aged care outbreaks with the highest active case numbers are as follows:

  • 3 active cases are currently linked to Uniting Age Well Preston (total cases: 5)
  • 2 active cases are currently linked to Estia Aged Care Facility Keilor (total cases: 52)

Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:

  • 14 active cases are currently linked to the north metro region community (total cases: 23)
  • 8 active cases are currently linked to the Box Hill Hospital (total cases: 14)
  • 7 cases are currently linked to the south-eastern community (total cases: 9)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to the Chadstone Shopping Centre (total cases: 39)
  • 3 active cases are currently linked to the Hoppers Crossing community outbreak (total cases: 4)

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. The GV Health hotline can also be contacted on 1800 313 070 between 8am and 8pm. 

To keep updated on testing locations and public exposure sites visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/chadstone-kilmore-shepparton-outbreaks-covid-19

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)

HUME

1659

17

WYNDHAM

2265

16

BRIMBANK

2033

8

WHITEHORSE

217

8

MELTON

1151

7

MONASH

339

7

BANYULE

448

5

CASEY

1059

5

HOBSONS BAY

502

4

MARIBYRNONG

593

4

PORT PHILLIP

294

4

DAREBIN

649

3

GREATER DANDENONG

542

3

GREATER SHEPPARTON

52

3

MELBOURNE

880

3

KNOX

166

2

MOONEE VALLEY

813

2

BAYSIDE

246

1

BOROONDARA

271

1

FRANKSTON

251

1

GLEN EIRA

230

1

MANNINGHAM

165

1

MORELAND

1051

1

STONNINGTON

260

1

WHITTLESEA

1205

1

ALPINE

1

0

ARARAT

7

0

BALLARAT

57

0

BASS COAST

11

0

BAW BAW

15

0

BENALLA

3

0

BULOKE

0

0

CAMPASPE

9

0

CARDINIA

204

0

CENTRAL GOLDFIELDS

2

0

COLAC OTWAY

137

0

CORANGAMITE

3

0

EAST GIPPSLAND

7

0

GANNAWARRA

2

0

GLENELG

20

0

GOLDEN PLAINS

18

0

GREATER BENDIGO

100

0

GREATER GEELONG

366

0

HEPBURN

2

0

HINDMARSH

0

0

HORSHAM

14

0

INDIGO

1

0

INTERSTATE

98

0

KINGSTON

299

0

LATROBE

57

0

LODDON

5

0

MACEDON RANGES

57

0

MANSFIELD

10

0

MAROONDAH

104

0

MILDURA

6

0

MITCHELL

90

0

MOIRA

12

0

MOORABOOL

38

0

MORNINGTON PENINSULA

184

0

MOUNT ALEXANDER

9

0

MOYNE

1

0

MURRINDINDI

9

0

NILLUMBIK

137

0

NORTHERN GRAMPIANS

3

0

OVERSEAS

4

0

PYRENEES

3

0

QUEENSCLIFFE

2

0

SOUTH GIPPSLAND

11

0

SOUTHERN GRAMPIANS

2

0

STRATHBOGIE

2

0

SURF COAST

15

0

SWAN HILL

5

0

TOWONG

0

0

UNKNOWN

96

0

WANGARATTA

2

0

WARRNAMBOOL

13

0

WELLINGTON

15

0

WEST WIMMERA

1

0

WODONGA

2

0

YARRA

459

0

YARRA RANGES

251

0

YARRIAMBIACK

1

0

Total

20323

109