Media release
3 June 2021

Victoria was notified of three new cases of coronavirus yesterday.

All are locally acquired cases linked to the current outbreak.

There were three COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

In total, there are 61 cases linked to the current outbreak.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,617.

Extension of restrictions

From 11.59pm tonight, based on public health advice, Victoria’s restrictions will be extended for metropolitan Melbourne and eased in regional Victoria.

See the following Statement From The Acting Premier for more information.

Update: Outbreaks

The three new cases of COVID-19 are all primary close contacts of previously identified positive cases who were in quarantine during their infectious periods.

One is a child of a previously identified case linked to Whittlesea, one is a staff member from the Port Melbourne workplace outbreak and one is a resident aged in his 90s at Arcare Maidstone.

That new case brings the number of cases linked to the Arcare facility to five.

Public Health teams have identified more than 5000 Primary Close Contacts linked to the current outbreaks.

As advised yesterday, there are two confirmed cases who attend North Melbourne Primary School. Contact tracers have identified 243 Tier One and 90 Tier Two contacts among the staff and students. All have been contacted and are required to either quarantine for 14 days (Tier 1) or test and isolate until they get a negative result (Tier 2).

Testing is underway for these contacts and a designated testing lane was established at the Melbourne Showgrounds today for this group.

There has been a strong testing response in Bendigo after the wastewater detection that was reported yesterday. We are continuing to test known primary close contacts in that region today. Repeat wastewater testing taken in Bendigo yesterday has returned negative results.

There are now more than 360 exposure sites identified and available from the exposure sites page. A number are in regional Victoria.

The department also manages a number of exposure sites which it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record keeping and contact tracing measures in place, or if they identify small, private locations.

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews.

Update: Reclassified results

Moving fast and early to contain and isolate a positive case and test and trace their contacts is a fundamental part of Victoria’s COVID-19 response.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Department will always enact immediate public health measures in response to the notification of any positive case.

Cases continue to be reviewed as further information comes to hand. Once contacts are isolated and public health measures are in place – those cases can be re-evaluated, their test results can be re-run and further investigations and reviews can be conducted to confirm their true nature.

Following analysis by an expert review panel, and retesting through the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, two cases linked to this outbreak have been declared false positives.

Those cases are:

  • A woman who was previously understood to have acquired the virus at a Metricon display homes exposure site
  • A male who was previously understood to have acquired the virus at the exposure site located at Brighton Beach Hotel

These cases will be reclassified and no longer considered confirmed cases. Primary close contacts who are linked only to these cases and not to other exposure sites will be released. Any exposure sites linked only to these cases will be stood down, including every exposure site in Anglesea.

Brighton Beach Hotel and the Metricon display home site will remain exposure sites because they are linked to other cases.

Individuals, venues and businesses affected must await formal clearance from the Department of Health or a Local Public Health Unit, which will occur throughout the evening. The Department thanks these individuals and businesses for their cooperation with the public health response, recognising the inconvenience caused. 

Update: Vaccinations

A total of 23,192 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday by state commissioned services across Victoria. This is a record number of vaccinations in a single day in Victoria.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state commissioned services as of yesterday to 536,319.

Across all vaccination sites in Victoria, including GPs, more than 50,000 vaccination doses were administered.

Yesterday was the first day of Victoria’s health care, aged care and disability care worker vaccination blitz and 6226 sector workers came forward to get vaccinated. 

All health care, aged care and disability workers who attended vaccination centres yesterday were given priority access and received their vaccine.

This enthusiastic response clearly demonstrated the volume of critical sector workers who have been wanting to get vaccinated. This was a driving force behind why we have taken steps to provide an easier and quicker path to vaccination.

Victoria’s five-day vaccination blitz will continue until Sunday, providing plenty of additional opportunities for high-priority workers to visit one of the ten high-volume vaccination centres across the state.

The following vaccination centres are participating in the five-day aged care and disability worker blitz: Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), Sandown Racecourse, Melbourne Showgrounds, Former Ford Factory Geelong, Bendigo Community Clinic, Ballarat Mercure Hotel and Convention Centre, Shepparton Showgrounds McIntosh Centre, Traralgon Racecourse and the Wodonga Vaccination Hub.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who is a primary close contact, must not attend a vaccination centre.

Go to a testing centre, get a test, and go home until you receive your result.

Update: Testing

Yesterday a total of 57,519 tests were processed in Victoria. This was the largest number of tests processed in a single day in Victoria since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Eighty-five per cent of all test results were turned around within 24 hours with 98 per cent received by the following day.

There are currently 212 testing facilities across Victoria providing safe testing to all Victorians.

While demand remains strong throughout the day, waiting times are very short at the Melbourne Showgrounds testing centre.

This is a large capacity, eight-lane site open until 8pm and may be a convenient option for many Victorians wishing to get tested.

The department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where to get tested.

General advice 

Coronavirus (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

3

0

0

69

0

57,519

6,623,872

 

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

2,474,637

5,212

3.62