Media release
6 August 2021

Victoria was notified of six new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All are locally acquired cases.

There are 75 active cases in Victoria –72 locally acquired and three overseas acquired cases.

There are six COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. Two cases are in intensive care and both are on ventilators.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,968.

Update: Current restrictions

Victoria entered a state-wide lockdown for seven days from 8:00pm, Thursday 5 August. For more information see Seven day lockdown to keep Victorians safe.

Update: Outbreaks

Of today’s six new locally acquired cases, all are connected to existing clusters:

Three are contacts of the index case in the Hobson’s Bay Local Government Area. The three new cases live together in a separate household. Two of these cases were reported in yesterday’s media release and are included in today’s numbers.

One is the housemate of the index case reported yesterday who lives in the City of Maribyrnong. The housemate works as a cleaner and the public health team is investigating his movements, which includes cleaning administration areas at the Epworth Hospital, Richmond. Two cases are close contacts of the index case and live in a separate household. One of these cases attends the Warringa Park Special School in Hoppers Crossing.

Update: Exposure sites

These cases have generated a number of new exposure sites in the western suburbs including:

  • Altona North: Aldi (Millers Junction Village), Bayfit Leisure Centre, Poultry Palace
  • Braybrook: One Stop WorkWear, Metro Petroleum
  • Derrimut: National Auto Glass Supplies
  • Footscray: Kmart
  • Maribyrnong: Highpoint Shopping Centre (Bad Workwear, Lowes, Food Court)
  • West Footscray: Aldi (Central West Shopping Centre), Eco Laundry

These flights are listed as exposure sites online:

  • Virgin flight VA808 Sydney to Melbourne on 2 August
  • Virgin flight VA1364 Melbourne to Launceston on 2 August

If you were on these flights you need to isolate for 14 days and get tested immediately.

Please check the website for all exposures sites and the dates and times of exposure at Case alerts - public exposure sites. Exposure sites will be updated on the website as they are identified.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.

We continue to ask every Victorian to check exposure sites regularly, as they are subject to change based on follow-up interviews and further investigation.

COVID-19 wastewater detections in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria

There have been new wastewater detections in the east and north-west of Melbourne and in regional Victoria.

They may be due to someone who has had COVID-19, is no longer infectious and is continuing to shed the virus – or it may be due to an active but undiagnosed case in that area.

There has now been five unexpected detections over the last two weeks in samples from the catchment that includes Balwyn, Camberwell, Canterbury, Mont Albert and Surrey Hills.

Anyone who lives, works or has visited the above suburbs in Melbourne’s east between 26 July and 4 August is urged to watch for the slightest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if any symptoms develop.

There has been a strong and increasing level of COVID-19 fragments detected in multiple wastewater samples from a catchment including the following suburbs: Attwood, Broadmeadows, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Essendon Fields, Gladstone Park, Glenroy, Gowanbrae, Greenvale, Jacana, Meadows Heights, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale, Roxburgh Park, Somerton, Strathmore, Strathmore Heights, Tullamarine and Westmeadows.

Anyone who lives, works or has visited the above suburbs between 28 July and 4 August is urged to watch for the slightest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if any symptoms develop.

Positive readings of COVID-19 fragments have also been detected in the Wangaratta area.

Suburbs in the catchment include East Wangaratta, Laceby, Milawa, North Wangaratta, Oxley, Waldara, Wangandary, Wangaratta and Wangaratta South.

Anyone who lives, works or has visited Wangaratta and the above surrounding suburbs between 28-30 July is urged to get tested should they get even the slightest of COVID-19 symptoms.

In the last 28 days in regional Victoria, positive readings for COVID-19 wastewater fragments have been detected in Bacchus Marsh, Bendigo, Black Rock, Koorlong, Somers and Wangaratta.

The wastewater testing program is designed as an early warning system and a cautious approach is always taken when these detections are found.

The Department of Health has increased wastewater testing in the areas listed above and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

More information is available at Wastewater testing.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday, 18,901 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 1,738,309.

There are now 50 open access vaccination centres operating across Victoria and in the coming weeks and months there will be more pop-up community vaccination clinics in operation.

Victoria’s online booking system is now live at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Information about Victoria’s vaccination centres can be found at Vaccination centres.

Update: Testing

A total of 29,631 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

See new and extended testing sites, where to get tested and expected wait times at Where to get tested.

Border bubble with NSW

Changes to the border bubble arrangements with NSW are in effect. The 7-day state-wide lockdown also applies to Victorian border communities.

To see permitted reasons to travel and answers to frequently asked questions, visit Information for cross-border communities.

General advice

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 
6 0 0 75 0 29,631 8,451,189

 

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 

3,137,686

6,675 4.64