DHHS COVID-19 News Release for 10 October 2020

Here are the key points from the release dated 10 October 2020. Also included is the full release from DHHS

DHHS COVID-19 News Release for 10 October 2020

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 10 October 2020

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Victoria has recorded 14 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,269.

The overall total has increased by 12 due to two cases being reclassified.

There have been no new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday.  To date, 809 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

Six of today’s 14 new cases are linked to known outbreaks and complex cases.  Five cases are household contacts linked to Eastern Health Box Hill Hospital and one of those household contacts is also linked to an aged care facility.  There is also one new case linked to the Oddfellows Café in Kilmore. The other eight cases remain under investigation.

Of today’s 14 new cases, there are five cases in Banyule, three cases in Greater Dandenong, two cases in Hobsons Bay and single cases in Hume, Port Phillip and Mitchell Shire.  There is one case still under investigation.

There are now 10 cases linked to the Box Hill Hospital outbreak with five new cases from one family added yesterday.  This outbreak comprises three staff members, one patient and six household contacts.  All cases are isolated and close contacts for the Box Hill staff identified and quarantined.

Testing is continuing in response to the Chadstone Shopping Centre outbreak and a related outbreak at the Oddfellows Café in Kilmore.

If you have symptoms no matter how mild – get tested. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to stop these outbreaks from getting any bigger.

Anyone who visited Chadstone shopping centre between 23 September and 8 October should get tested – if they have even the mildest of symptoms. Testing is available at Chadstone car park drive through – Level 2 Chadstone Carpark, outside Coles and a walk-in clinic is open for staff only at Central Amenities on the Ground Level between M.J.Bale and Marimekko. Both sites are open this weekend from noon to 5pm.

Anyone who visited Oddfellows Café in Kilmore between 30 September and 3 October are classified as potential close contacts and should come forward for testing, even those without symptoms. Testing is available at The Kilmore and District Hospital from 9am to 3.30pm and the Kilmore Soldiers Memorial Hall from 10am to 5pm this weekend.

There has been an excellent response from the Kilmore and Chadstone communities in presenting to these sites for testing.

At Chadstone, around 70 per cent of all staff have been tested with 2634 tests being performed at both sites.  332 tests were performed at Chadstone yesterday.

At Kilmore, 724 people have presented for testing since last Tuesday.  120 people were tested yesterday.

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (26 Sep 2020 – 09 Oct 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is 9.5 and regional Victoria is 0.4. 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 (24 Sep 2020 – 07 Oct 2020) is 10 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.

The Victorian Government also announced today an extension to the state’s important wastewater surveillance program, with 10 regional testing sites being added from 12 October.

Samples will now be taken from more than 40 sites across Victoria. The additional sites commencing sampling next week are Bacchus Marsh, Gisborne, Melton, Portland, Warrnambool, Hamilton, Horsham, Cowes, Bairnsdale and Kilmore.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 4277 cases may indicate community transmission – no change since yesterday
  • 192 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 21 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including one in intensive care
  • 19,207 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,827,761 test results have been received which is an increase of 16,647 since yesterday.

Of the 192 current active cases in Victoria:

  • 186 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the Second Step of our roadmap
  • Five are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap.  All five active cases are in Mitchell Shire.
  • One case remains under investigation.

Of the total cases:

  • 18,870 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1198 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9668 men and 10,588 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3570, active cases: 19
  • There are 42 active cases relating to aged care facilities

Active aged care outbreaks with the highest active case numbers are as follows:

  • 20 active cases are currently linked to Estia Aged Care Facility Keilor (total cases: 51)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to Embracia Moonee Valley Aged Care Facility (total cases: 82)
  • 4 active cases are currently linked to Opal Hobsons Bay Aged Care Facility (total cases: 46)
  • 4 active cases are currently linked to Edenvale Manor Aged Care Facility Keilor East (total cases: 23)

Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:

  • 25 active cases are currently linked to the Chadstone Shopping Centre outbreak (total cases: 32)
  • 10 active cases are currently linked to the Box Hill Hospital outbreak (total cases: 10)
  • 7 active cases are currently linked to the Frankston Family outbreak (total cases: 12)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Electra Park Medical Centre Ashwood (total cases: 6)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to the Oddfellows Café in Kilmore (total cases: 6)

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.


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