Coronavirus Update for Victoria – Saturday October 16, 2021

Victoria was told of 1,993 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired cases.

There are 21,647 active cases in Victoria.

There are 798 cases of COVID-19 at Victoria Hospital. 163 of these cases are in intensive care, including 106 cases on a ventilator.

Of those hospitalized yesterday, 89.2 percent were not fully immunized.

Of the cases in intensive care yesterday, 95.9% were not fully immunized.

Unfortunately, the department was informed of seven deaths yesterday:

  • Two men in their 80s from Darebin and Moonee Valley
  • Two women in their sixties Casey and Darebin
  • A man in his sixties from Whittlesea
  • A man in his fifties from Hume
  • A 15 year old teenager

This brings the total death toll in Victoria to 957 since the start of the pandemic.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the start of the pandemic is 63,836.

Update: extended restrictions to Mildura

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has determined that the lockdown in Mildura will be extended for an additional seven days until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 22.

Yesterday, 16 additional cases in Mildura were linked to community transmission between households and social settings. The total number of active cases in Mildura is 202.

The majority of cases in Mildura involve people under the age of 50 with a large cohort of cases in people aged 20.

There has been a strong response to testing from the Mildura community with an average of 1,000 tests per day performed since the start of the local lockdown.

The restrictions in the rural town of Mildura are the same as those in the Melbourne metropolis (excluding curfews).

For more information on the current restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne, visit How We Live: Metropolis Melbourne and Mildura Rural City Council.

Overhaul of the travel authorization system

Changes to Victoria’s travel permit system announced yesterday will allow fully vaccinated people traveling from NSW to enter Victoria without facing a 14-day quarantine, starting at 11:59 p.m. on October 19.

This puts NSW in line with people from other states and territories who wish to enter Victoria.

You can find more information on Reviewing permits for safe border changes.

Vaccines

Yesterday, 40,386 doses of vaccine were administered by services commissioned by the state of Victoria.

The total number of doses administered by utilities is 4,125,732.

88.5% of Victorians aged 16 and over have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 64.3% have received two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

More than five million Victorians have now received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

This weekend, the department is partnering with Melbourne Football Club, Monash Health and Casey City Council to run a pop-up vaccination site at the Melbourne Demons second home at Casey Fields. The site will offer Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with reservations and walk-in tours.

There are 19 pop-up vaccination sites operating in Victoria this weekend, including 16 school pop-ups, eight of which are supported by local GP clinics.

These 16 school clinics are located at: Thomastown Secondary College, Lowanna College Newborough, Carrum Downs Secondary College, Packenham Secondary College, Tarneit Senior College, Gleneagles Secondary College Endeavor Hills, St Albans Secondary College, Elevation Secondary College Craigieburn, The Lakes South Morang College , Coburg High School, Chaffey Secondary College Mildura, Forest Hill College Burwood East, Western Port Secondary College Hastings, Bayswater Secondary College, Seymour College and Northern Bay p-12 College in Corio.

Next week, we’ll be launching two tailor-made pop-ups for LGBTIQA + communities. These specialty pop-ups will be staffed with rainbow-friendly healthcare professionals who can deliver tailored healthcare conversations in a safe environment.

These pop-ups will be at the Pride Center on St Kilda Road, Monday through Sunday and at Queerspace on Drummond Street, Carlton, Tuesday through Friday.

Victoria is also opening neighborhood pop-up vaccination centers in suburban streets, shops, gyms and community clubs: local vax pop-ups are hitting the streets and shops of the city.

Small, targeted pop-ups are designed to immunize 20 to 30 people per session. Suburbs likely to host neighborhood pop-ups are concentrated in the north, west and southeast of Melbourne.

In addition, five new community pop-up vaccination sites will open next week, all offering walk-in visits. They are at:

  • East Reservoir Senior Citizens Center on Strathmerton Street (open Monday and Tuesday)
  • Kingsbury Bowls Club on Dunne Street (open Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Craigieburn Sports Stadium on Craigieburn Road (open Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • EACH Building, Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction (open Monday to Friday)
  • Fawkner Community Hall on Jukes Road (open Monday through Thursday)

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 immunizations with their local general practitioner or community pharmacy, community health department or state immunization center. To find a general practitioner or pharmacy provider and make a reservation, visit Australian Government Department of Health.

Outbreaks

Of the 1,993 locally acquired cases reported yesterday, the following local government areas in the Melbourne metropolitan area recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 28 cases in Banyule
  • 25 cases at Bayside
  • 12 cases in Boroondara
  • 181 cases at Brimbank
  • 40 cases in Cardinia
  • 191 case in Casey
  • 58 cases in Darebin
  • 33 cases in Frankston
  • 32 cases in Glen Eira
  • 127 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 37 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 136 cases in Hume
  • 40 cases in Kingston
  • 32 cases in Knox
  • 19 cases in Manningham
  • 26 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 10 cases in Maroonda
  • 67 cases in Melbourne
  • 124 cases in Melton
  • 46 cases in Monash
  • 36 cases in the Moonee Valley
  • 80 cases in Moreland
  • 12 cases in the Mornington Peninsula
  • 11 cases in Nillumbik
  • 42 cases in Port Phillip
  • 14 cases in Stonnington
  • 21 cases in Whitehorse
  • 121 cases in Whittlesea
  • 171 cases in Wyndham
  • 23 cases in Yarra
  • 17 crates in the Yarra Ranges

There were 457 new cases in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, 642 new cases in the western suburbs, 602 cases in the south-eastern suburbs and 111 cases in the eastern suburbs.

Yesterday, 168 new cases were also reported in the regional region of Victoria. The total number of active cases in the Victoria area stands at 1,473. Yesterday the new cases in the Victoria area were:

  • 5 cases in Ballarat
  • 7 cases in Bass Coast
  • 22 cases in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Benalla
  • 3 cases in Golden Plains
  • 17 cases in Grand Bendigo
  • 26 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 22 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 1 case in Horsham
  • 1 case in Indigo
  • 17 cases in Latrobe
  • 2 boxes in Macedonian chains
  • 16 cases in Mildura
  • 7 cases in Mitchell
  • 6 cases in Moorabool
  • 1 case in Moyne
  • 1 case in Murrindindi
  • 2 cases in southern Gippsland
  • 5 cases in Swan Hill
  • 2 cases in Towong
  • 1 case in Wellington
  • 3 cases in Wodonga

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are currently over 58,300 active isolated primary close contacts in Victoria.

As of noon today, there were 130 exhibition sites posted in Victoria.

For more information on each exhibition site, including exhibition dates and times, please visit Case Alerts – Public Exhibition Sites.

The Ministry may not be able to contact a business or residential premises before they register as an exhibition site. At any time, we make the decision to publish these sites in the interest of public health.

The Department regularly maintains exhibition sites that it does not publish online, particularly if these sites represent low risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record keeping and contact tracing measures, or ‘They identify small private locations – including small apartments or townhouse complexes.

The Commonwealth Government publishes a Common Operating Picture each week, which includes the actual reproduction number for all states and territories. For more information, see the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Functioning Image.

Wastewater analysis

COVID-19 virus fragments have been detected in sewage samples collected from the following regional areas:

  • Yarrawonga – unexpected detection for the period October 12-14.
  • Mallacoota – repeated unexpected detections for the period October 5 to 13.
  • Entrance to the lakes – repeated unexpected detections for the period from October 6 to 15.
  • Cobram – repeated unexpected detections for the period starting September 29.
  • Apollo Bay – repeated unexpected detections for the period September 28 to October 8.

The detections could be one or more new, undiscovered cases or could be the result of one or more people in those areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives, works, or has visited the above areas are urged to watch for milder COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, visit Wastewater testing.

Trial

79,214 COVID-19 tests were processed in Victoria.

If you’re worried about losing money because of missing work to take a test, support is available, including the $ 450 test isolation payment. For more information, visit Financial and other support for COVID-19.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested for COVID-19. Hours of operation and waiting times may vary.

More information

To access the most recent information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria

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