Media Release
23 October 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services is working to contain an outbreak of coronavirus in Melbourne’s northern suburbs with more than 6,500 tests completed and 800 people quarantining.

Extensive contact tracing and community engagement is underway including a door knocking program providing information in a range of languages, community meetings, information stalls and enhanced testing.

There are currently 28 cases from six households as a result of the northern suburbs outbreak.
Residents in Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg who have even the mildest of symptoms are being encouraged to get tested for coronavirus.

Included in this outbreak is a student and today’s case who is a parent from the East Preston Islamic College from the Darebin LGA. Currently no contact has been established between the parent and the student however, investigations are underway with the school and family to fully explore all possible links.

Asymptomatic testing is being offered to all members of the East Preston Islamic College community to ensure any possible links are identified. Some individuals in the school community may also be identified as close contacts. These specific individuals will be called directly by the department.

Testing sites are set up at: 

  • Broadmeadows Central Shopping Centre at north carpark 1099 – 1169 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows from 9am – 5pm.
  • Coolaroo Respiratory Centre at 512 Barry St, Coolaroo from 9am – 5pm.
  • Melbourne airport, Terminal 4 Level 2 (Mercer Dv exit off Tullamarine Fwy) from 9am – 5pm.
  • Craigieburn Health Service, 274 – 304 Craigieburn road from 9am – 5pm.
  • Highlands Hotel at 301 Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn from 9.30am 4.30pm.
  • Austin Hospital at 145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg from 8am – 8pm.
  • Banyule Community Health at 21 Alamein Rd, Heidelberg West from 10am – 4pm.
  • Banyule Community Health at 14 – 32 Civic Drive, Greensborough from 9am – 4pm.
  • Northland Shopping Centre at Target carpark via Murray Rd, Preston from 9am – 5pm.
  • CB Smith Reserve at 79 Jukes Rd, Fawkner from 9am – 4pm. 

Additional pop-up testing sites will also be announced in Hume, Banyule and Darebin in the coming days.

We have tested 86 people from a community housing block in Broadmeadows. All of these tests came back negative and residents here no longer need to self-isolate.

An extensive community health door knocking program started yesterday to alert residents about potential exposure to coronavirus and provide information about testing sites, and how to access supports such as financial assistance. A total of 89 houses were door knocked in Banyule yesterday and the program continues today.

Electronic message boards have also been placed in the community to provide information about testing and teams are attending Malahang Reserve to engage with families in the park.

Rapid response testing at home is available for those who may not be able to attend a testing site, as well as social workers for at-risk people.

Information on the importance of testing and isolating is being broadcast in Arabic, Hindi, Somali and Punjabi across a range of stations, as well as targeted Facebook posts and translated messaging.

Community meetings will continue to be held daily and an engagement stall, providing information, testing and personal protective equipment has been set up at The Mall. 

Banyule Community Health is sharing COVID social media messaging through their health channels with short videos in differing languages. Meetings were also held to work with culturally and linguistically diverse community leaders.

Dallas Brooks Primary School closed from 22 October following the identification that a close contact had attended. Test results back for students who went to Dallas Brooks Primary School are negative. Children at the school are now only secondary close contacts.

Victoria has recorded one new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,330.

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

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (9 Oct 2020 – 22 Oct 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is 5.5 and regional Victoria is 0.3. 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 (7 Oct 2020 – 20 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 (07 Oct 2020 – 20 Oct 2020) are located in the following postcodes, 3015, 3024, 3025, 3037, 3047, 3073, 3081, 3128, 3152 and 3173.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 4275 cases may indicate community transmission – no change since yesterday 
  • 100 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 8 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care
  • 19,346 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 3,022,364 test results have been received which is an increase of 19,428 since yesterday.

Of the 100 current active cases in Victoria:

  • 98 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the Second Step of our roadmap
  • Two are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap. Both are in Greater Shepparton, a decrease of one since yesterday.

Of the total cases:

  • 18,931 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1201 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9695 men and 10,622 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3577, active cases: 7
  • There are 5 active cases relating to aged care facilities

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

  • Northern metro region community (active 16, total 28)
  • Eastern Health Box Hill Hospital (active 8, total 15)
  • Chadstone Shopping Centre (active 4, total 39) 
  • South-eastern community (active 4, total 9)

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 here: dhhs.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-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

1664

19

WYNDHAM

2265

15

BRIMBANK

2026

8

MELTON

1152

7

WHITEHORSE

217

7

BANYULE

448

4

MARIBYRNONG

593

4

MONASH

339

4

CASEY

1055

3

GREATER DANDENONG

541

3

HOBSONS BAY

504

3

MELBOURNE

882

3

PORT PHILLIP

294

3

DAREBIN

652

2

GREATER SHEPPARTON

52

2

KNOX

166

2

MOONEE VALLEY

815

2

WHITTLESEA

1205

2

BAYSIDE

246

1

BOROONDARA

271

1

FRANKSTON

251

1

GLEN EIRA

231

1

MANNINGHAM

166

1

MORELAND

1050

1

STONNINGTON

261

1

ALPINE

1

0

ARARAT

7

0

BALLARAT

58

0

BASS COAST

11

0

BAW BAW

17

0

BENALLA

3

0

BULOKE

0

0

CAMPASPE

10

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

97

0

KINGSTON

299

0

LATROBE

56

0

LODDON

5

0

MACEDON RANGES

57

0

MANSFIELD

10

0

MAROONDAH

104

0

MILDURA

6

0

MITCHELL

89

0

MOIRA

12

0

MOORABOOL

38

0

MORNINGTON PENINSULA

184

0

MOUNT ALEXANDER

9

0

MOYNE

1

0

MURRINDINDI

9

0

NILLUMBIK

136

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

97

0

WANGARATTA

2

0

WARRNAMBOOL

13

0

WELLINGTON

16

0

WEST WIMMERA

1

0

WODONGA

2

0

YARRA

459

0

YARRA RANGES

251

0

YARRIAMBIACK

1

0

Total

20330

100