Media release
26 August 2021

Victoria was notified of 80 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired cases.

There are 600 active cases in Victoria – 596 locally acquired and four overseas acquired cases.

There are 36 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 11 cases are in intensive care and eight cases are on ventilators.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 21,693.

Update: Vaccines

In another record day, 33,932 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services yesterday.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 2,254,055.

Every Victorian aged 16 years and over is now eligible to access a coronavirus vaccine at state-run vaccination centres, under an expansion of the state vaccine program that will further help Victoria reach its goal of one million doses over five weeks by 19 September. 

Around 200,000 people booked an appointment yesterday and many of them were from the 16-39 years age group. That was close to a four-fold increase on the number of bookings that were made on Tuesday.

The booking system has been managing an extraordinary level of demand and we thank Victorians for their enthusiasm and patience. If you can’t successfully make a booking at first, please try again later.

For more information, see Vaccine eligibility expanding for anyone 16 and over.

Bookings can be made on Victoria's online booking system at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Outbreaks

Of today’s 80 local cases:

  • 67 are linked to known outbreaks including:
    • 20 cases linked to the Shepparton community outbreak including the Royal Melbourne Hospital
    • 15 cases linked to MyCentre childcare.
  • 13 cases had their acquisition source under investigation:
    • Local Government Areas of origin include Brimbank, Hume, Maribyrnong, Maroondah, Melton, Port Phillip, Wyndham and Yarra.
  • 39 cases were in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period

Of the 600 active cases:

  • 128 are aged between 0 and 9
  • 106 are aged between 10 and 19
  • 107 are aged between 20 and 29
  • 130 are aged between 30 and 39

There are currently more than 15,800 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria and 16,600 secondary close contacts.

There are more than 800 exposure sites in Victoria.

Please check the website for all exposure sites and the dates and times of exposure 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 – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes. 

Update: Shepparton outbreak

Significant supports are being provided to the primary close contacts currently isolating as part of the Shepparton COVID-19 outbreak.

Emergency relief packages are available for people required to self-isolate if they have no network of family or friends to support them and they need food and other essential supplies. More than 265 food relief packs have been delivered to Shepparton in the past 48 hours and more are being delivered daily. Requests for assistance can be made to the Coronavirus hotline.

Authorised officers and ADF personnel are in the area for household visits and will assist with welfare deliveries. Support was provided to people needing to isolate in Shepparton within 24 hours of the outbreak. Additional healthcare workers are also being sent to Shepparton

Update: Departing Hotel Quarantine Permit

The Chief Health Officer has approved a new Departing Hotel Quarantine Permit which replaces the green zone permit for people who have completed hotel quarantine interstate.

The Departing Hotel Quarantine Permit requires mandatory Day 17 testing as a condition of the permit to reduce the risk of COVID-19 incursion from people who undertake hotel quarantine in an interstate hotel quarantine program. Day 21 testing will also continue to be recommended.

Update: Queensland zone changes

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 25 August 2021, the orange zone Local Government Areas of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Logan, Moreton Bay, Noosa, Redland, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Sunshine Coast are green zones under Victoria’s travel permit system.

You are still required to apply for a permit when entering Victoria from a green zone. For more information on what green zones mean, visit Victorian travel permit system.

If you entered or are entering Victoria and have been in any of these Local Government Areas in the previous 14 days, you are a green zone arrival. This also means that previous orange zone arrivals from these Local Government Areas are released from isolation.

To apply for a permit, visit Service Victoria. It is an offence to enter Victoria without a valid permit, exemption or exception, with fines of up to $5,452.

For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system – including exceptions, exemptions, specified worker permits and frequently asked questions – visit Victorian travel permit system.

Update: COVID-19 wastewater detections in Victoria 

The Department is continuing to identify unexpected detections of COVID-19 fragments in wastewater in metropolitan Melbourne in areas that have not recorded recent positive cases. 

Anyone who lives, works or has visited the below listed suburbs and areas is urged to watch for the slightest symptoms of COVID-19 and to get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

Current areas of concern are:

Metro catchments - residential      

  • Western suburbs: Sunshine West – detection with period of interest 22-24 August. Footscray, Seddon and West Footscray – detections in the period of interest 15-23 August. South Kingsville and Spotswood – detection with period of interest 17-20 August.
  • Northern suburbs: Coburg, Coburg North, Fawkner, Hadfield, Preston, Reservoir and Thomastown – repeat detections in the period of interest 15-20 August. 

Metro catchments - industrial

  • Sunshine West – 13 repeated detections in the period of interest 8-23 August.   

More information is available at Wastewater testing. 

Update: Testing

56,248 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday with 97 per cent of test results delivered by the next day.

More than 3000 tests were undertaken in Shepparton yesterday for a total of 16,000 tests done in the region since last Friday.

Attributable to Jeroen Weimar, COVID-19 Commander:

“When you get symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested immediately. It will help us slow the rate of community transmission of the virus and protects you, your family members and your local community.”

See new and extended testing sites, where to get tested and expected wait times at Where to get tested.

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. 

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 
80 0 0 600 0 56,248 9,294,015

 

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 

3,400,067

11,391 7.91