Media release
28 September 2021

Victoria is reporting 867 new local cases, plus an additional 149 new local cases reportable on previous days:

  • 140 cases reportable for 27 September
  • 9 cases reportable for 26 September

There are 9,261 active cases in Victoria – 9,260 locally acquired and one overseas-acquired case.

There are 375 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 81 of those cases are in intensive care, with 61 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of four deaths – a woman in her 50s and a man in his 80s from Whittlesea, and a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s from Hume.

This brings the total number of deaths from the current outbreak to 29, and the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 849.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 34,975.

More than 78 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and we expect that number to tip over to 80 per cent either later today or early tomorrow, while more than 48 per cent have had two doses.

Update: Restrictions

Across Victoria, restrictions will modestly ease at 11:59pm on tonight, in line with vaccination thresholds.

To see more information, visit Victoria To Hit 80 Per Cent First Dose Vaccination Target.

Vaccines

Yesterday, 35,160 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,463,597.

Grants are on offer to pharmacies and GPs to turbocharge the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. To register expressions of interest, visit Vaccination enhancement grants

Victorians are encouraged to book their first dose through their local GP or community pharmacy. To see available bookings, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Outbreaks

Of the 1016 cases recorded (reportable across 26, 27 and 28 September), the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 24 cases in Banyule
  • 4 cases in Bayside
  • 6 cases in Boroondara
  • 54 cases in Brimbank
  • 11 cases in Cardinia
  • 45 cases in Casey
  • 43 cases in Darebin
  • 13 cases in Frankston
  • 5 cases in Glen Eira
  • 16 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 8 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 270 cases in Hume
  • 5 cases in Kingston
  • 14 cases in Knox
  • 8 cases in Manningham
  • 15 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 14 cases in Maroondah
  • 24 cases in Melbourne
  • 55 cases in Melton
  • 8 cases in Monash
  • 28 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 88 cases in Moreland
  • 7 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 20 cases in Port Phillip
  • 3 cases in Stonnington
  • 125 cases in Whittlesea
  • 51 cases in Wyndham
  • 7 cases in Yarra
  • 10 cases in Yarra Ranges

There were also 28 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 2 cases in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Corangamite
  • 1 case in Gannawarra
  • 2 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 2 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 12 cases in Latrobe
  • 1 case in Macedon Ranges
  • 5 cases in Mitchell
  • 2 cases in Moorabool

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are currently more than 26,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were more than 560 published exposure sites in Victoria – but the most prevalent exposure site in Victoria is the family home.

For more information on each exposure site, including dates and times of exposure, please visit Case alerts - public exposure sites.

There may be occasions when the Department is unable to make contact with a business or residential premises before their listing as an exposure site. At all times, we take the decision of when to publish these sites in the interests of public health.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas:

  • Cobram – there has been an unexpected detection in Cobram in area that includes Cobram. The period of interest is 20-22 September.
  • Philip Island and San Remo – there have been multiple repeat unexpected detections with the period of interests 20-27 September.
  • Seymour – there have been repeat unexpected detections in area that includes Seymour. The period of interest is 19-23 September.
  • Ballarat North – there have been repeat unexpected detections in area that includes Ascot, Bald Hills, Ballarat North, Blowhard, Cabbage Tree, Cardigan, Creswick, Invermay, Invermay Park, Lake Gardens, Lake Wendouree, Learmonth, Miners Rest, Mitchell Park, Mount Rowan, Smokeytown, Springmount, Sulky, Wendouree, and Windermere. The period of interest is 15-23 September.
  • Bendigo area – unexpected wastewater detection in an area that includes East Bendigo, Wellsford, Strathdale, Kennington, Strathfieldsaye and Junortoun. The period of interest is 21-23 September.

The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

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

For more information on wastewater testing, visit Wastewater testing.

Testing

49,450 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday.

Getting tested as soon as you have symptoms will help health authorities identify new positive cases and provide proper care for your family.

If you are concerned about losing money from missing work, support is available – including the $450 test isolation payment. For more information, go to Financial and other support for COVID-19.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site,  visit Where to get tested for COVID-19. Operating hours and wait times will vary.

More information

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

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 
867* 0 0 9,261 4 49,450 10,980,724

 

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 

3,747,987

4,174 2.9