Media release
29 August 2021

Victoria was notified of 93 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. 92 were locally acquired cases and one is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.

There are 778 active cases in Victoria – 773 locally acquired and five overseas acquired cases.

There are 44 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 13 cases are in intensive care and nine cases are on ventilators.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 21,926.

Vaccines

Yesterday, 31,436 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services yesterday.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 2,356,175.

The successful vaccination pop-up at St Kilda’s Peanut Farm Reserve will be extended to September 2. Opening hours will continue at 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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 92 local cases, 61 cases have been linked to known outbreaks:

  • 12 are linked to the City of Hobsons Bay – largely one extended family
  • 12 are linked to MyCentre Childcare in Broadmeadows
  • 7 cases are linked to the Shepparton outbreak
  • 7 cases are linked to schools from earlier in this outbreak, including Al Taqwa College and Glenroy West Primary School
  • 4 are linked to Woolworths Millers Junction in Altona North
  • 1 is linked to Newport cases
  • 1 is linked to Wyndham cases
  • 1 is linked to Melbourne CBD cases
  • 1 is linked to the Mega Auto Warehouse in Port Melbourne
  • 15 cases are linked to existing cases but not to known outbreaks

The acquisition source of 31 cases is still under investigation.

At least 19 cases have been in isolation for the duration of their infectious period.

Locations of new locally-acquired cases:

  • 2 in Brimbank
  • 2 in Darebin
  • 1 in Greater Dandenong
  • 9 in Greater Shepparton
  • 24 in Hobsons Bay
  • 20 in Hume
  • 1 in Latrobe
  • 1 in Macedon Ranges
  • 2 in Maribyrnong
  • 4 in Melbourne
  • 1 in Monash
  • 11 in Moreland
  • 1 in Whittlesea
  • 12 in Wyndham
  • 1 in Yarra

Of Victoria’s active cases:

  • 171 are aged between 0 and 9
  • 113 are aged between 10 and 19
  • 154 are aged between 20 and 29
  • 145 are aged between 30 and 39

There are currently more than 16,800 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria and more than 20,256 secondary close contacts.

Household engagement teams of authorised officers, supported by the Australian Defence Force, conducted 1,600 visits yesterday to ensure people are isolating correctly and are well supported.

At midday today, there were more than 890 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.

Testing requirement for SACs

The Department of Education has been working closely with the Department of Health on the arrangements to ensure that Victorian students are able to undertake SACs with all the necessary precautions and protections in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Due to the number of mystery cases in the community and the large number of young people impacted in this outbreak, additional public health measures for Victorian students undergoing SACs this week are in place requiring them to take a COVID-19 test.

This testing requirement is only for the performing arts SACs, which applies to approximately 5000 students given they largely involve singing, music and other aerosolised activities. It is not a requirement for other end of year assessments.

This asymptomatic, surveillance testing approach is one currently used during outbreak periods in other high risk settings such as abattoirs and as such, students are not required to isolate after they get tested while they wait for their result.

For students sitting these assessments on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday we ask them to get tested this weekend. However, we appreciate this may not be possible, so these students must be tested immediately after their exam within 48 hours.

For students with assessments Thursday/Friday this week they are required to test before their SAC but they still do not need to have the test result back before their assessment. Evidence of a negative test result is not required before the assessment.

The Department will be notified of any positive test results and begin contact tracing immediately. Any positive students will be unable to attend on site assessments.

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: Tottenham and West Footscray detection with period of interest 23-26 August. Sunshine West – repeat detections with period of interest 22-26 August. South Kingsville and Spotswood – repeat detections with period of interest 17-20 and 22-27 August.
  • Southern suburbs: Aspendale, Aspendale Gardens, Bonbeach, Carrum, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Edithvale, Mordialloc, Patterson Lakes, Seaford – repeat detections in the period of interest 23-27 August.

Metro catchments - industrial

  • Sunshine West – 15 repeated detections in the period of interest 8-27 August.   

More information is available at Wastewater testing.

Testing

51,030 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

See new and extended testing sites, where to get tested and expected wait times at Where to get tested for COVID-19.

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 
92 0 1 778 0 51,030 9,450,913

 

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 

3,441,579

10,880 7.56