Media release
4 October 2021

Victoria was notified of 1,377 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.

There are 12,711 active cases in Victoria – all locally acquired.

There are 498 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 96 of those cases are in intensive care, with 59 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified of four deaths yesterday – a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 70s from Hume, a man in his 60s from Manningham, and a man in his 80s from Moreland.

This brings the total number of deaths from the current outbreak to 53, and the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 873.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 42,494.

Vaccines

Yesterday, 30,985 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,672,587.

82.8 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 52.5 per cent have had two doses.

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination through their local GP or community pharmacy, community health service or state vaccination centre. To find a GP or pharmacy provider and make a booking, visit Australian Government Department of Health website.

Ten vaccination centres across Melbourne will begin administering the Moderna vaccine from today until Sunday 10 October, with 100,000 doses available to anyone aged 12 to 59 years at the following hubs:

  • Melton Vaccination Hub (former Bunnings)
  • Sunshine Vaccination Hub
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Royal Exhibition Building
  • Sandown Racecourse Vaccination Centre
  • Frankston Community Vaccination Hub (Bayside Centre)
  • Plenty Ranges Arts and Convention Centre
  • Dandenong Palm Plaza
  • Former Ford Factory, Campbellfield
  • La Trobe University, Bundoora

From today, Victorians awaiting a second dose Pfizer booking can bring their dose interval forward to three weeks between doses.

Outbreaks

Of the 1,377 cases reported yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 13 cases in Banyule
  • 6 cases in Bayside
  • 8 cases in Boroondara
  • 108 cases in Brimbank
  • 34 cases in Cardinia
  • 91 cases in Casey
  • 43 cases in Darebin
  • 12 cases in Frankston
  • 16 cases in Glen Eira
  • 56 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 15 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 304 cases in Hume
  • 10 cases in Kingston
  • 13 cases in Knox
  • 18 cases in Manningham
  • 22 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 20 cases in Maroondah
  • 28 cases in Melbourne
  • 67 cases in Melton
  • 30 cases in Monash
  • 38 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 82 cases in Moreland
  • 7 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 6 cases in Nillumbik
  • 20 cases in Port Phillip
  • 11 cases in Stonnington
  • 6 cases in Whitehorse
  • 116 cases in Whittlesea
  • 74 cases in Wyndham
  • 18 cases in Yarra
  • 7 cases in Yarra Ranges

There were also 73 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 2 cases in Ballarat
  • 4 cases in Baw Baw
  • 2 cases in Benalla
  • 2 cases in Campaspe
  • 1 case in Colac-Otway
  • 2 case in Gannawarra
  • 1 case in Golden Plains
  • 2 cases in Greater Bendigo
  • 8 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 11 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 13 cases in Latrobe
  • 5 cases in Macedon Ranges
  • 12 cases in Mitchell
  • 2 cases in Moorabool
  • 2 cases in Mount Alexander
  • 2 case in Moyne
  • 1 case in Surf Coast
  • 1 case in Wellington

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

Of the COVID-19 cases in hospital yesterday, 5 per cent were fully vaccinated.

There are currently around 35,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were 580 published exposure sites in Victoria.

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.

Update: Restrictions

The City of Greater Shepparton, Moorabool Shire, City of Latrobe, Mitchell Shire and metropolitan Melbourne are in lockdown. For information on current restrictions, visit How we live.

Restrictions on the Victorian construction industry will ease at 11:59pm 4 October. For more information on Victoria’s construction sector restrictions, visit COVIDSafe reopening for Victorian construction.

Wastewater testing

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

  • Mildura area – repeated unexpected wastewater detections with the period of interest from 26 September
  • Ballarat – repeated unexpected detections in areas that include Lake Gardens, Mitchell Park, Wendouree, Alfredton, Cardigan, Lucas and Delacombe from 26 September
  • Falls Creek Alpine Resort – unexpected detection with period of interest 28-29 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

In a record day for testing on a Sunday, 67,789 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday.

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 support.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested. 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 9 am to 5 pm, 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 
1,377 0 0 12,711 4 67,789 11,380,714

 

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 

3,777,852

2,885 2