Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday and there are no cases currently active. The total confirmed cases in Victoria remains at 20,345.
This is the 31st straight day where Victoria has recorded zero daily cases.
A total of 3,574,270 test results have been received in Victoria which is an increase of 5030 since yesterday.
Sadly, we have to report today that a previously cleared COVID-19 case has died from complications relating to the original diagnosis.
The case was a woman in her 70s who was part of a small group of cases diagnosed in late July. She was cleared in late September. Our thoughts are with her family.
In line with the national definition, this death is a COVID-related death as they did not recover completely following their infection. This case received two negative swabs in late September before being cleared as an active case, which was in line with clearance criteria at that time.
The Department does not continue to monitor the clinical outcomes for individual cases once they are cleared as they no longer pose a public health risk. It is possible for such cleared cases to continue to be unwell due to complications relating to their COVID-19 diagnosis, although this is not common. The Department is not aware at this time of any other patients in this situation.
The woman’s death takes the state’s death toll to 820. The case was not linked to aged care.
With Victoria recording a month of zero daily cases, it is still vitally important that anyone who displays even the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms stay home and arrange to get tested.
Results from testing gives us the most complete picture of the Victorian virus situation.
High rates of testing are still critical to inform the actions of health authorities as we proceed towards a COVIDSafe summer.
From today, workplaces currently working from home (such as offices in the CBD) can return for up to 25 per cent of their workforce per site. Standard workplace requirements, including density limits, continue to apply.
Businesses with fewer than 40 staff can have 10 staff on-site subject to density quotients.
The Victorian Public Service will remain under the setting - if you can work from home, you must work from home.
Under these new arrangements, face coverings are mandatory indoors, unless an exemption applies. This includes settings such as public transport, including when waiting at stations, ride shares, hospitals, care facilities and shopping.
Face masks are not required outdoors except where physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as farmers’ markets and other outdoor retail. People are required to carry face masks at all times.
The Victorian Government is continuing to monitor the situation in South Australia and will be guided by the health advice.
A permit is required to enter Victoria from South Australia unless an exemption applies. Permits are available from the Service Victoria website.
Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.
Testing site details, including opening hours, are available at Where to get tested.
More information about travel to and from South Australia is available on the DHHS website.
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