Media Release
25 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 12,100 tests completed in the area since Tuesday.
 
More than 2200 test results have been completed from the more than 2500 people tested yesterday in the affected Northern Local Government Areas of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland and Nillumbik. An additional 250 tests were taken yesterday in people’s homes.  Tests are being processed as quickly as possible and more results are expected soon.
 
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.
 
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.
 
All East Preston Islamic College and Croxton School families and staff are encouraged to get tested at any testing centre in Melbourne, immediately even if they do not have symptoms, and stay home until they receive their results. Both schools will remain closed for the next two weeks.
 
There are many testing sites open today (Sunday) including:

  • East Preston Islamic College drive-through, 55 Tyler St, Preston, 24-27 October, 10am-5pm. Open to College staff and families
  • Croxton School 159 Beaconsfield Parade, Northcote. Open to school staff and families
  • Unison Community Housing, Pearcedale Rd, Broadmeadows, 10am-5pm. Open to housing estate residents
  • Broadmeadows Central Shopping Centre, north carpark, Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows, 9am–5pm.
  • Broadmeadows Community Hub, 182 Widford St, Broadmeadows, 23-25 October, 10am-5pm
  • Craigieburn Health Service, 274 – 304 Craigieburn Road, 9am–5pm.
  • Melbourne Airport, Terminal 4 Level 2 (Mercer Dve exit off Tullamarine Fwy), 9am–5pm.
  • Roxburgh Park Youth and Recreation Centre, 75 Lakeside Drive, Roxburgh Park, 9am-12.30pm and 1pm-5pm.
  • Austin Hospital,145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg, 8am–5pm
  • Banyule Health, 21 Alamein Rd, Heidelberg West, 10am–4pm.
  • Banyule Health, 14–32 Civic Drive, Greensborough, 9am–4pm.
  • Heidelberg West, mobile unit aligned to community engagement movements including at Malahang Reserve, 10am-5pm.
  • Northland Shopping Centre, Target carpark via Murray Rd, Preston, 9am–5pm.
  • CB Smith Reserve, 79 Jukes Rd, Fawkner, 9am–4pm.
  • Reservoir Leisure Centre, 2A Cuthbert Rd, Reservoir, 10am-5pm 

We are continuing to meet with a broad range of faith and community leaders, women’s groups, and local businesses to ensure the message gets out there and we have resources in multiple languages that can be utilised.
 
Victoria has recorded seven new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,343.  No cases have been reclassified.
 
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 seven cases three are officially linked to East Preston Islamic College, two are also preliminarily linked to East Preston Islamic College with further investigation to occur today, one is linked to Regis Macleod aged care facility and one remains under investigation.
 
Of today’s seven cases, there are three cases in the local government areas of Banyule and Darebin and there is a single case in Glen Eira.
 
The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (11 Oct 2020 – 24 Oct 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is 4.6 and regional Victoria is 0.2. 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 (9 Oct 2020 – 22 Oct 2020) is nine 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 nine mystery cases in the last 14 days (09 Oct 2020 – 22 Oct 2020) are located in the following postcodes, 3025, 3029 (2 cases), 3047, 3073, 3081, 3128, 3152 and 3173.
 
In Victoria at the current time:

  • 4277 cases may indicate community transmission – no change since yesterday
  • 100 cases are currently active in Victoria.
  • 7 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care
  • 19,359 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 3,052,477 test results have been received which is an increase of 12,894 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.

Of the total cases:

  • 18,944 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1202 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9701 men and 10,629 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3581, active cases: 8
  • There are 4 active cases relating to aged care facilities

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

  • Northern metro region community (active 24, total 37)
  • Eastern Health Box Hill Hospital (active 5, total 15)
  • 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 from our Where to get tested page.

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

1666

17

WYNDHAM

2266

15

BANYULE

452

8

BRIMBANK

2024

8

DAREBIN

660

7

MELTON

1153

7

MARIBYRNONG

595

5

GREATER DANDENONG

541

4

HOBSONS BAY

504

3

MONASH

338

3

PORT PHILLIP

295

3

WHITEHORSE

217

3

GREATER SHEPPARTON

52

2

KNOX

166

2

MELBOURNE

881

2

WHITTLESEA

1204

2

BAYSIDE

246

1

BOROONDARA

271

1

CASEY

1056

1

FRANKSTON

251

1

GLEN EIRA

232

1

MANNINGHAM

166

1

MOONEE VALLEY

814

1

MORELAND

1049

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

90

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

96

0

WANGARATTA

2

0

WARRNAMBOOL

13

0

WELLINGTON

16

0

WEST WIMMERA

1

0

WODONGA

2

0

YARRA

458

0

YARRA RANGES

251

0

YARRIAMBIACK

1

0

Total

20343

100