Media release
9 August 2021

Victoria was notified of 11 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All are locally acquired cases.

There are 103 active cases in Victoria – 100 locally acquired and three overseas acquired cases.

There are five COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. None are in intensive care.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 21,010.

Update: Restrictions

At 11:59pm tonight, restrictions will ease in regional Victoria.

For more information, see Lockdown to lift in Regional Victoria.

Update: Outbreaks

Today’s 11 new locally acquired cases are all linked to existing cases, but the source of these outbreaks remains under investigation.

Seven are linked to CS Square Shopping Centre in Caroline Springs. One is a household contact of a staff member from the Jolly Miller Café. One is a customer of the Spectacle Hub. Five are family contacts of a staff member from a real estate agency at the centre.

Two are team members of Newport Football Club.

One is household contact of the Newport cluster.

One is a student from Al Taqwa College, who has been in quarantine throughout their infectious period.

CS Square in Caroline Springs has been assessed by public health teams and is now a Tier 2 exposure site for every day between 27 July and 5 August inclusive.

There remain further Tier 1 exposure site locations within the centre.

There are now more than 12,000 active primary close contacts across Victoria.

The Department thanks the Al Taqwa community for coming forward to get tested in significant numbers. More than 90 per cent of primary close contacts have already returned a result.

The Department currently identifies approximately 2,000 primary close contacts linked to Heathdale Christian College, 1,500 linked to Islamic College of Melbourne, 500 linked to Ilim College and 700 linked to Mount Alexander College.

Please check the website for all exposures sites and the dates and times of exposure at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

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. 

Update: Travel permit changes - QLD

From 11:59pm 8 August, the Local Government Areas of Cairns and Yarrabah are red zones (other than for transit) under Victoria’s travel permit system.

Non-Victorians are not eligible for a red zone permit to enter Victoria. Victorians are eligible for red zone permits but conditions apply, and you must get tested and quarantine at home for 14 days upon arrival.

For more information on what red zones mean, visit Victorian travel permit system.

In addition, the Local Government Areas of Cairns and Yarrabah are also orange zones (other than for transit) retrospectively from 12:01am 29 July until the time red zones come into effect.

If you have been in Cairns or Yarrabah at any time after 12:01am 29 July and you are currently in Victoria (or arriving in Victoria) before 11:59pm 8 August, you are an orange zone arrival and should isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arrival, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result.

For more information on what orange zones mean, visit Victorian travel permit system.

To apply for a permit, visit Service Victoria. It is an offence to enter Victoria without a valid permit, exemption or exception, with fines of up to $5,452.

For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system – including exceptions, exemptions, specified worker permits and frequently asked questions – visit Victorian travel permit system.

Update: Travel permit changes - SA

From 11:59pm 9 August, South Australia is a green zone under Victoria’s travel permit system.

When the green zone is in effect, people who have been in South Australia at any time in the previous 14 days have been in a green zone. Previous orange zone arrivals from South Australia who are currently in Victoria will become green zone arrivals.

For more information on what green zones mean, visit Victorian travel permit systems.

You still need a valid permit, exemption or exception if arriving from a green zone. To apply for a permit, visit Service Victoria. It is an offence to enter Victoria without a valid permit, exemption or exception, with fines of up to $5,452.

For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system – including exceptions, exemptions, specified worker permits and frequently asked questions – visit Victorian travel permit system.

COVID-19 wastewater detections in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria

As advised on Saturday, a number of strong, repeat detections in the Glenroy-Broadmeadows area indicate that it is likely there are undetected positive cases of COVID-19 in that catchment. 

This catchment includes the following suburbs: Attwood, Broadmeadows, Coolaroo, Essendon Fields, Gladstone Park, Glenroy, Gowanbrae, Greenvale, Jacana, Meadows Heights, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale, Roxburgh Park, Strathmore, Strathmore Heights and Westmeadows.

Anyone who lives, works or has visited the above suburbs between 28 July and 6 August is urged to watch for the slightest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if any symptoms develop.

In regional Victoria, there were unexpected wastewater detections in Benalla and Healesville.

The Healesville detection impacts the towns of Badger Creek and Healesville.

Anyone who lives, works or has visited Benalla between 3 and 5 August and Healesville between 1 and 5 August is urged to watch for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested should symptoms develop.

These detections 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.

Recent wastewater detections in Victoria have been an early warning signal of positive cases appearing in areas, such as Phillip Island in regional areas and multiple metropolitan locations, so people in areas with recent wastewater detections need to be especially vigilant in getting tested should they develop even the mildest of symptoms.

In the past month in regional Victoria, positive readings for COVID-19 wastewater fragments have been detected in Bacchus Marsh, Benalla, Bendigo, Black Rock, Healesville, Koorlong, Somers and Wangaratta. Those in Benalla, Healesville and Wangaratta are not consistent with known cases and wastewater monitoring has been intensified.

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, 17,101 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 1,795,297.

From today, Victorians aged between 18 and 39 can attend a state-run vaccination centre to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine should they provide informed consent.

More than 13,000 appointments were made yesterday for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Children aged between 12 to 15 can also receive the Pfizer vaccine if they are eligible.

There are now 50 open access vaccination centres operating across Victoria.

Victoria’s newest vaccination centre, Australia’s first drive-through hub, opened at Melton today.

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 38,987 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.

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
11 0 0 103 0 38,987 8,571,973

 

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

3,150,971

4,593 3.19