Media release
8 February 2021

Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus since yesterday.

The case is a female Hotel Quarantine worker at the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport

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 20, made up of two locally acquired cases, an increase of one since yesterday and 18 cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine, a decrease of two since yesterday.

Update: Holiday Inn Airport case

A full public health response to this case is underway.

As of this morning, around 80 hotel quarantine workers at the Holiday Inn have been identified as primary close contacts and are isolating and being tested.

Initial public exposure sites of this case are as follows:

  • Marciano's Cakes in Maidstone between 9:45am - 10:25am on Friday 5 February
  • Dan Murphy's Sunshine between 5:50pm - 6:30pm on Friday 5 February
  • Off Ya Tree Watergardens between 1:17pm - 1:52pm on Saturday 6 February
  • Dan Murphy's in Sunshine between 6:50pm - 7:30pm on Saturday 6 February

Anyone who has visited these Tier 1 exposure sites during these dates and times must immediately isolate, get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and remain isolated for 14 days.

More sites may be listed as interviews and investigations continue.

Seventeen people with direct contact with the case have so far been identified as social and household primary close contacts. They are isolating and being tested.

This number is likely to increase as investigations continue.

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

A text message has been sent today to people in suburbs that contain an exposure site.

This message will urge recipients to check locations and times of exposure sites and advise that if you have symptoms, get tested and stay home.

Update: Expanded testing

Testing capacity near exposure sites in Melbourne’s north west is being enhanced.

Testing sites at Shorten Reserve in West Footscray and Victoria University St Albans campus will both be open until 8pm tonight, and Melbourne Showgrounds until 6:30pm. Closing times may be impacted by wait times.

Capacity will also be expanded at other sites and our Rapid Response Testing Team will expand pop up testing, with details to come.

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.

Update: Grand Hyatt case

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

61,000 people have been tested since Thursday morning.

There are now 1266 primary close contacts in total identified with this case. More than 80 per cent have so far tested negative.

This number includes 21 social and household primary close contacts. All have tested negative.

There are 661 workplace contacts, who also have all tested negative.

There are still 14 identified public exposure sites that were visited by the Grand Hyatt worker.

As of this morning, 584 primary close contacts have now been identified in connection with these public exposure sites.

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.

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.

Update: Victoria’s permit system

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has declared that from 6:00pm tonight 8 February, the Cumberland Local Government Area (LGA) in New South Wales will move from an orange zone to a green zone under Victoria’s ‘traffic light’ travel permit system.

People in green zones may apply for a permit to enter Victoria provided they have not been in close contact with a coronavirus (COVID-19) case and do not have any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms. On arrival in Victoria, they must monitor for symptoms and abide by local directions.

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.

Further information about the wastewater testing program can be found on the Wastewater monitoring page.

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

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

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 0 0 20 0 11,359 4,570,100

 

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 
587,875 15,168 10.5