Media release
5 January 2021

Victoria has recorded four new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

The new cases include three previously identified close contacts linked to the Black Rock Restaurant outbreak.

These new cases were in isolation at the time of contracting COVID-19.

Today’s fourth case is in a returned international airline crew member in hotel quarantine. There are now eight international airline crew members who have tested positive in Victoria since the program began. All international air crew arriving into Victoria are now tested and 1096 tests have been processed from air crew. Victoria is the only state that currently tests all arriving air crew.

The number of active cases in Victoria is now 38 including 27 locally acquired cases, an increase of three since yesterday and 11 in hotel quarantine, a decrease of one in the past 24 hours.

All of Victoria’s locally acquired cases are linked to the Black Rock Restaurant Outbreak. They are spread across 14 households. There are no mystery cases or cases under review.

Yesterday 32,544 tests were processed bringing the overall testing total in Victoria since the pandemic began to 3,994,827.

There are now more than 200 testing centres in operation including new testing sites in areas where large numbers of close contacts and exposure sites have been identified.

New testing sites have been established today at the Brighton Town Hall, cnr Carpenter and Wilson Streets, Brighton, a new Monash Health site at 299 Centre Dandenong Road, Moorabbin (opposite the Moorabbin DFO), a Connect health site at the Brighton Public Golf Course in Dendy St, Brighton and a Banyule Community Health site at 21 Alamein Road, Heidelberg West.

We thank Victorians for their patience and their recognition of the importance of getting tested. Only through this mass testing effort can we quickly identify new cases and engage public health actions to contain this new outbreak.

The Department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites on its website. The website also includes updated information about locations and hours of operation for testing sites at Where to get tested.

There are currently more than 1300 people identified as close contacts in Victoria linked to the Black Rock Cluster, comprising 900 primary close contacts and around 400 secondary close contacts in the Local Government Areas of Bayside, Casey, Kingston, Monash, Whitehorse, Stonnington, Maroondah, Boroondara, Glen Eira, South Gippsland and East Gippsland.

As contact tracing interviews continue and the outbreak situation evolves, more exposure sites are being discovered and details of new exposure sites may change. A list of each exposure site, including dates and times, can be found at the Case locations and outbreaks page.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398.