Media Release
30 May 2021

Victoria was notified of six new cases of coronavirus yesterday.

Five are locally acquired cases linked to the current outbreak.

This brings the total number of locally acquired cases in the current outbreak to 40.

There was one reported case a returned international traveller in Hotel Quarantine

There is one COVID-19 case in hospital in Victoria.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,593.

Circuit breaker restrictions are now in force in Victoria.

You can view more than a dozen pages of questions and answers for what these restrictions mean for you at COVIDSafe settings page

Update: Outbreaks

There are now 23 cases linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak, 17 to the Port Melbourne outbreak and 1 to the Arcare Maidstone outbreak.

Four of the five new cases are linked to the City of Whittlesea and Port Melbourne Workplace outbreaks.

They are two men aged in their 40s, a man in his 20s and a woman aged in her 30s.

A fifth positive case has also been detected in a woman in her 50s who works at Arcare Maidstone, a private residential aged care facility.

Investigations are still ongoing as to this individual’s acquisition source.

More than 4,000 primary close contacts are currently identified, with 70 per cent returning a negative result as of this morning. 

The Department is grateful for the work of Western Public Health Unit who have worked with Arcare Maidstone to activate strong public health measures and protect residents and staff after a staff member tested positive.

The positive case reported mild symptoms to her employer on Friday and immediately presented for testing, returning the positive result late yesterday.

She worked at the facility and had contact with residents during the infectious period on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 May.

As advised earlier today, while restrictions were already in place at this facility during Victoria’s circuit breaker period, the facility has gone into further lockdown.

Residents are confined to rooms, staff wearing Tier 3 PPE throughout, and staff cohorting enhanced among those not declared Primary Close Contacts.

The Western Public Health Unit has assessed that the following definitions will be applied within this outbreak:

Tier 1 - Primary Close Contact for staff/contractors/visitors

Any staff member, contractor or visitor in or to the facility that attended the Magnolia Unit at Arcare Maidstone Aged Care between 7am and 1:30pm on 26 May or 27 May (including handovers for staff, etc)

Any staff member, contractor or visitor in/to the facility who shared communal facilities (e.g. tearoom or office space) with a confirmed case between 7am and 1:30pm on 26 May or 27 May.

Tier 1 – Primary Close Contact for residents

Any resident who has attended or who was at Arcare Maidstone Aged Care in any part of the facility from 26 May to present.

Tier 2

Any other attendance at Arcare Maidstone Aged Care since 7am on 26 May 2021

Testing is underway for staff and residents.

There are now more than 175 public exposure sites in Victoria published at the Case alerts - public exposure sites page.

New exposure sites are being added to the website as interviews are conducted with positive cases, and investigations are fully completed.

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.

Public health teams continue to draw the public’s attention to the many community grocery stores in the outer northern suburbs, and in Dandenong. Further stores will be published today as interviews with new cases – and subsequent investigations – are complete.

On Friday, the Department made a call out to people who attended five high-risk bars and pubs to come forward for testing.

Among those sites, more than 500 primary close contacts have been identified, and 57 per cent of (negative) rest results were returned as of this morning.

Update: Tests and vaccinations

A total of 17,702 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday by state commissioned services across Victoria.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered by the Department as of yesterday to 460,474.

In addition, a total of 45,301 tests were processed yesterday.

There are currently 210 testing facilities across Victoria providing safe testing to all Victorians.

This is a net increase of three in the last 24 hours and a total of 21 new sites since the start of the outbreak.

While demand stayed strong throughout the day, waiting times were very short at the testing centre at Melbourne Showgrounds in the afternoon.

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 page.

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 

5

0

1

49

0

45,301

6,428,747

 

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 

2,450,051

5,078

3.53