Media release
9 June 2021

Victoria was notified of one new case of COVID-19 yesterday.

The new case is a locally acquired case linked to the current outbreak.

There were three COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria yesterday.

There are 83 active cases in Victoria, 68 are locally acquired and 15 are overseas acquired cases.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 20,650.

Victorian health authorities are working closely with Queensland and NSW counterparts regarding COVID-19 exposure in those states.

An emergency meeting of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee was held this evening and further investigations are underway.

Any critical information will be provided to the public as soon as possible when case interviews for any potential Victorian exposure sites can commence.

Update: Restrictions to be eased tomorrow night

Victoria’s current restrictions will be further eased from 11.59pm tomorrow, Thursday 10 June.

From more details, please read the statement from the Acting Premier.

More information about the current restrictions can be found at COVIDSafe Settings.

Update: Outbreaks

The new case announced today is linked to the Port Melbourne workplace outbreak and was isolating during their infectious period.

When including some overlapping cases, there are 32 cases linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak, 32 to the Port Melbourne outbreak, 10 to the Arcare Maidstone aged care facility and 15 to the West Melbourne outbreak.

There are currently no unlinked cases.

As of yesterday, there were more than 1500 primary close contacts linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak, more than 2100 linked to the Port Melbourne workplace outbreak, more than 1000 linked to Arcare Maidstone and more than 1100 linked to the West Melbourne outbreak.

The majority of test results have been received for these outbreaks.

From recent exposure sites of concern as of yesterday, 442 of 490 primary close contacts from the Probuild construction site in the CBD had returned negative test results. From the network of jewellery wholesalers at 227 Collins St, 46 of the 53 contacts had returned negative test results.

Many exposure sites are expiring. The number of exposure sites in Victoria has reduced to 161 as of midday 9 June. The full list of exposure sites can be seen at Exposure sites.

The Department also manages a number of exposure sites which it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, or if they have comprehensive record keeping and contact tracing measures in place, or if they identify small, private locations.

Exposure sites are regularly reviewed based on intelligence and evidence, following case interviews.

Positive COVID-19 fragment wastewater detection in Bendigo suburbs

There has been a detection of viral fragments of COVID-19 in a wastewater sample taken from the sewer sub-catchment serving suburbs north-west of Bendigo.

This new detection is of interest as there are currently no confirmed COVID-19 cases in that area.

While the unexpected detections may be due to someone who has had COVID-19 that is no longer infectious continuing to ‘shed’ the virus or it may be due to an active but undiagnosed infectious case.

Residents of and recent visitors between 3-7 June to the suburbs of California Gully, Eaglehawk, Epsom, Huntly, Jackass Flat, Maiden Gully, Marong, North Bendigo and Sailors Gully are urged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and get tested if any symptoms develop.

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 area and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

More detailed information is available at Wastewater testing.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday 19,533 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state-commissioned services to 697,903.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who is a primary close contact, must not attend a vaccination centre.

Go to a testing centre, get a test, and go home until you receive your result.

Today, the vaccination blitz started for Ambulance Victoria staff, with paramedics, non-emergency patient transport workers and staff offered priority walk-up access for vaccination.

All state vaccination centres with walk-in capacity will operate priority access, including active queue management, for these priority workers during this period.

The full list of walk-in centres. their opening times, and whether they have walk-in capacity for people aged under 50 years, is available at Vaccination centres.

The blitz will run for five days until Sunday 13 June.

The Victorian Government is also calling on eligible healthcare workers to join its growing workforce at high-volume vaccination sites.

Pharmacists and technicians, health professionals who have recently retired, and final-year medical, nursing, midwifery, paramedicine and pharmacy students are being are being recruited and trained to deliver COVID-19 vaccines while supervised by an experienced immuniser.

People who are eligible are encouraged to register their interest at COVID-19 vaccine program workforce.

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.

There are currently 212 testing facilities across Victoria providing safe testing to all Victorians.

With bad weather expected throughout this week, if you’re getting tested or vaccinated check the forecast ahead, check our online maps for different options, and make an informed choice about what you’re going to do and where you’re going to go.

The Department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where get tested.

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

1

0

0

83

0

28,485

6,815,053

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

2,500,421

3,561

2.47