DHHS COVID-19 New Release for Wednesday 18 November 2020

Here are the key points from the release dated 18 November 2020. Also included is the full release from DHHS

DHHS COVID-19 New Release for Wednesday 18 November 2020

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 18 November 2020

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Interstate truck drivers travelling through Victoria from South Australia will be offered testing for coronavirus to prevent any spread from the current outbreak in Adelaide.

A testing site is being established at the Nhill Trailer Exchange on the Western Highway and will be operating from tomorrow.  Other testing sites will be progressively added at other major freight routes in coming days. Truck drivers can also be tested at any of the 193 other testing sites across Victoria.

While the risk of a truck driver from South Australia bringing COVID-19 into Victoria is low, we are working with the major interstate freight companies, independent operators and industry peak bodies to provide advice about the need for testing.

Test samples will be fast-tracked for analysis and drivers will be allowed to continue their journey and will be contacted once their results are known.

Victorian health authorities are continuing to monitor the South Australian COVID-19 situation as it enters lockdown for the next six days.

Flights still scheduled to arrive today from Adelaide will be met by our authorised officers at Melbourne Airport as SA Health works to bring their outbreak under control.

Any passengers identified as coming from metropolitan Adelaide will be required to be tested and isolate while awaiting their results. No flights arrived into Melbourne or Mildura Airports from Adelaide yesterday.

Victorian public health authorities are working closely with returning SA travellers to determine if they have arrived from metropolitan Adelaide and are following up with these cases to ensure they are isolating as required.

We are also following up with people travelling to Victoria who have left Hotel Quarantine in South Australia and requiring them to undertake another period of quarantine.

Victorian contact tracers are also assisting South Australia with their contact tracing efforts. This support is being provided from Victoria.

Anyone who has been in SA in the last 14 days should check the exposure sites listed on the SA Health website and take the appropriate actions.  And if they have any symptoms, no matter how mild, they should get tested and self-isolate until the result is available.

“No border restrictions have been imposed at this stage, but we are continuing to monitor the situation in South Australia as they enter a six-day lockdown,” Victoria’s Deputy Chief Health Officer Professor Allen Cheng said.

“All cases in the outbreak in South Australia are currently within metropolitan Adelaide, so the risk to Victoria’s border communities is low.

“People in South Australia who have been at a high-risk location are required to quarantine, and the South Australian border is closed to most travellers from Victoria. We are also putting in place a range of other measures, including alerting aged care facilities and hospitals and continuing wastewater testing in western Victoria.”

Victoria has recorded no new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,345.

There have been no new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. To date, 819 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

This is the 19th straight day where Victoria has recorded zero daily new cases or deaths.

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (4 Nov – 17 Nov 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is zero and regional Victoria is zero. The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days.

The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days (2 Nov – 15 Nov 2020) is zero for metropolitan Melbourne and zero from regional Victoria. The 14-day period for the source of acquisition data ends 48 hours earlier than the 14-day period used to calculate the new case average due to the time required to fully investigate a case and assign its mode of acquisition.

Yesterday the Department received notification of a repeat positive swab in a previously diagnosed case of COVID-19.

This test result is considered a case of persistent shedding and not a new infection.

Additional investigations and the re-testing of samples are underway. The case is asymptomatic and is in hospital with an unrelated condition.  The case is in isolation out of an abundance of caution.

The Expert Review Panel will meet today to further examine this case who was originally diagnosed with COVID-19 in early October and was cleared of the virus in late October.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 3762 cases may indicate community transmission – no change since yesterday
  • 3 cases are currently active in Victoria. All active cases are in metropolitan Melbourne
  • 2 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care
  • 19,523 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 3,440,114 test results have been received which is an increase of 17,354 since yesterday

Of the total cases:

  • 18,969 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1196 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9702 men and 10,630 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3573, active cases: 0

As public health work is undertaken throughout the day, outbreak totals are likely to change as the public health team identify links between cases and identified outbreaks. Organisation based outbreak totals include contacts as well as employees/residents/staff/students of that location/business.

Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398. Testing site details are available here: dhhs.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19

Current exposure sites from the South Australian outbreak are on the SA Health website: sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/conditions/infectious+diseases/covid-19/testing+and+tracing/contact+tracing/contact+tracing


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