This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities. Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to COVID-19.
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24/06/2021

What's new?

  • Victoria recorded four new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, three locally acquired cases, and one in a returned turned traveller in hotel quarantine.
  • The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in Victoria is 20,700.
  • There were no new deaths and the state's death toll stands at 820.
  • Victoria has 52 active cases.
  • A total of 7,129,862 test results have been received. This is an increase of 22,812 since yesterday.
  • You can find further details in today's COVID-19 media release.
  • The Department of Health website has full details in the interactive daily report.

Further easing of restrictions

From 11.59pm tonight, Thursday 24 June 2021, restrictions will further ease on the advice of the Chief Health Officer.

More information can be found at Statement From The Acting Premier.

Update: New red zones in NSW to come into effect at 1.00am on Friday

Yesterday at 1:00am, the following NSW Local Government Areas (LGAs) became red zones under Victoria's travel permit system:

  • City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Bayside, Canada Bay, Inner West and Randwick

In addition, the City of Wollongong was declared an orange zone.

In response to the developing COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney, the Acting Victorian Chief Health Officer has declared that from 1:00am on Friday 25 June, Greater Sydney which includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour will become red zones under Victoria's travel permit system.

Greater Sydney is now declared as an orange zone between 11 June and 1:00am on 25 June.

If you are a Victorian resident and have been in a red zone since current red zones came into effect at 1.00am 23 June, other than for transit, you can obtain a red zone permit to enter Victoria but you will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days.

If you are a non-Victorian resident and you have been in a red zone since current red zones came into effect at 1.00am 23 June, other than for transit, you cannot obtain a permit and you cannot enter Victoria unless you have an exception or exemption.

You must have a valid permit, exception or exemption to enter Victoria.

If you try to enter Victoria at a land border from a red zone without a permit, you will be sent back.

If you enter at an airport or seaport from a red zone without a permit, you will be fined and you will stay in Hotel Quarantine until return transport is arranged.

There are more than 100 authorised officers at Melbourne Airport and relevant regional airports meeting all arriving Sydney flights.

Of the 18 flights that landed in Victoria yesterday to 6pm, all 1998 passengers were screened. A total of 172 red zone arrivals were recorded.

All arrivals into Victoria must apply for a travel permit even if they are entering from a green zone. Permits can be obtained at Service Victoria. Permit checks by authorised officers are in place for relevant arriving flights at Victoria's airports.

NSW Health has published a list of exposure sites online at Latest COVID-19 case locations and alerts in NSW.

If you are in Victoria and have been to these locations in the specified times, follow the listed advice and contact us on 1300 651 160.

The Acting Chief Health Officer continues to closely monitor the situation in NSW and Queensland, with further updates made as needed.

Update: Outbreaks

The new local case reported yesterday is a known household contact of an existing positive case from the Kings Park, Southbank apartment complex outbreak.

The new case has been in quarantine throughout their infectious period. There are no new exposure sites linked to this case.

The total number of COVID-19 cases linked to the Southbank outbreak now stands at 11.

A strong public health response continues at the Southbank complex – including in-home testing and on-site resident support services.

Victoria's outbreaks continue to stabilise.

All 32 COVID-19 cases linked to the City of Whittlesea outbreak have been cleared. More than 2800 primary close contacts have been identified from this outbreak and 98 per cent have been cleared.

More than 4000 primary close contracts (99 per cent) linked to the Port Melbourne outbreak have been cleared and more than 1500 primary close contacts linked (98 per cent) to the West Melbourne outbreak have been cleared.

The full list of Victorian exposure sites can be seen at Case alerts – public exposure sites.

Anyone who has who has visited an exposure site during the specified dates and times must follow the advice listed.

The Department also manages a number of exposure sites that it doesn't publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposures, 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.

Update: Vaccinations

Yesterday, 17,803 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria's state-commissioned services.

This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered at state-commissioned services to 968,716.

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

In another strong day of testing, 22,812 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

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

Current advice to clinicians

Notifications to the department of a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 can be done online. You can submit an online form to our public health team, rather than calling us, saving you time and resolving your case load more efficiently.

COVID-19 testing criteria

Practitioners should test any patients who meet the clinical criteria below:

  • Fever OR chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation* OR
  • Acute respiratory infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or changes in sense of smell or taste)
  • Note: testing is also recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID-19** AND who are from the following cohorts: close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19; those who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days; or those who are healthcare or aged care workers. Testing is recommended for those cohorts with onset of other clinical symptoms**. Asymptomatic testing is not recommended at this stage except for targeted programs.
  • *Clinical discretion applies including consideration of the potential for co-infection (e.g. concurrent infection with SARS-CoV-2 and influenza)
  • **headache, myalgia, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.

If a symptomatic patient that presents for testing, confirms exposure to a known COVID-19 case within the past 14 days, and the outbreak definition is met, the test sample is to be treated as an 'outbreak sample'.

Clinical information

Online resources

Mental health resources

  • Many Victorians are feeling fatigued, isolated or lonely. If you need support for your mental health there are mental health resources you can access on our website.
  • If Victorians are not safe at home, they can seek help and support at an Orange Door or other family violence support service. If you or someone you know is at risk or experiencing family violence, call 000 in an emergency or Safe Steps 24/7 crisis service on 1800 015 188.
  • The Partners in Wellbeing helpline (1300 375 330) is able to provide phone support to any Victorian who has been impacted by COVID-19 aged 16 and up, including from people who identify as LGBTIQA+, multicultural, Veterans, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and international students. This free and confidential service also provides specialist support for small businesses which includes business advisory and financial counselling.

Consumer information

Contacts

Medical practitioners needing clinical information or to notify confirmed cases can contact the Department of Health Communicable Diseases Section on 1300 651 160 (24 hours).

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