Media release
6 February 2021

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday.

This is the second consecutive day that Victoria has recorded no new locally acquired cases of coronavirus.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,456.

The number of active cases in Victoria is 22, made up of one locally acquired case and 21 cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine, a decrease of two since yesterday.

Update: Grand Hyatt Hotel quarantine case

The Department is continuing to follow up close contacts of a Hotel Quarantine worker at the Grand Hyatt Hotel who has tested positive to coronavirus (COVID-19) on 3 February.

All 17 social and household primary close contacts of the worker have tested negative to COVID-19. They must continue to isolate for 14 days.

A total of 767 workplace contacts, who worked at the Grand Hyatt during the period of concern, are considered primary close contacts. All have been contacted by the Department, are isolating and undergoing testing. They must remain isolated for 14 days from 30 January, or their last day at the hotel, whichever is earlier.

There are 14 identified public exposure sites that were visited by the Hotel Quarantine worker.

All current exposure sites can be seen at Case locations and outbreaks. This website is rapidly updated as any new sites are identified.

As of this morning, 362 primary close contacts have been identified in connection with these exposure sites. This number is expected to increase over coming days.

Anyone who has visited the exposure sites during these dates and times must immediately isolate, get tested, and remain isolated for 14 days from the time they were at the site - not just until they receive a negative result.

A total of 1129 primary close contacts of this case have been identified and almost 60 per cent of the household, workplace and public exposure site contacts have so far returned negative test results.

These negative results are very encouraging but as the hotel worker was infected with the highly contagious B.1.1.7 UK strain of COVID-19, it is vitally important that we continue to monitor close contacts in isolation and continue testing before we can be re-assured that Victoria does not have further cases.

We need the full 14-day incubation period to expire before we can be re-assured that further spread of COVID-19 has not occurred.

Victorians have been vigilant in getting tested throughout this pandemic and particularly since this new case was diagnosed. It is critical that all Victorians continue this mighty effort as only through extensive testing can we be sure that all possible cases are identified.

Visit Where to get tested to view testing sites nearest you and see real-time waiting information. We thank people for their patience and apologise for any delays. Every test makes a difference.

In addition, there are 562 identified secondary close contacts, all of which are isolating. They must continue to isolate until their primary contact tests negative. Then they can be released from isolation.

Update: Wastewater samples

Following the weak detection of viral fragments from wastewater collected from Mt Beauty that was announced yesterday, a new site has been established to facilitate testing in the local area.

The Mt Beauty Pop Up COVID-19 Testing Clinic is open this weekend and will operate from a clinic in Tennis Court Avenue from 9am-4pm on both days. It is a drive-through site and no appointment is required.

Anyone who lives in or has visited the Mt Beauty, Tawonga and Tawonga South area from 26 January to 1 February is urged to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) if they have any symptoms, however mild.

Weak detections of the virus in wastewater may be due to people who have recovered from COVID-19 but continue to shed the virus or from an active infectious case.

Wastewater samples are taken at least weekly from 95 wastewater monitoring locations across Victoria, including 70 wastewater treatment plants, for early-warning of coronavirus (COVID-19).

As previously reported, viral fragments have been recently detected in wastewater at several other locations.

While viral fragments have not been detected in samples since taken from these sites, anyone who lives in or has visited Lakes Entrance from 26 to 28 January, Castlemaine, Cowes, Hamilton, Pakenham or Warrnambool from 25 to 27 January, Gisborne from 24 to 26 January, or Leongatha from 17 to 19 January, is urged to get tested if they have any symptoms.

Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found on the Wastewater monitoring 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 any symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you 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.

For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit the Coronavirus Victoria website.

Travel permit applications can be made through the Service Victoria portal.

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 
0 0 0 22 0 23,227 4,543,879

 

Number of permits issued 

(Jan 11 - 8am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours 
559,292 16,653 11.6