DHHS COVID-19 News Release for 20 September 2020

Here are the key points from the release dated 19 September 2020. Also included is the full release from DHHS

DHHS COVID-19 News Release for 20 September 2020

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 20 September 2020
TAGS: COVID-19 | DHHS

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Victoria has recorded 14 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,042.

The overall total has increased by eight due to six cases being reclassified.

This is the lowest number of new cases since 19 June, when we reported 13 cases in the past 24-hour period.

Within Victoria, 12 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and two are under investigation.

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, which is why there are now only two cases under investigation, as opposed to five this morning.

There have been five new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. Two men in their 80s, two women in their 80s and one woman in their 90s. All five deaths occurred prior to yesterday. One previous death was reclassified, resulting in a net increase of four deaths since yesterday.

All of today’s five deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. To date, 761 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days for metropolitan Melbourne is 36.2 and regional Victoria is 1.8. 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 is 52 for metropolitan Melbourne and zero for 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.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 4267 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of seven since yesterday
  • 743 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 94 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 8 in intensive care
  • 18,473 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,575,457 test results have been received which is an increase of 12,461 since yesterday.

Of the 743 current active cases in Victoria:

  • 715 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
  • 26 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • 1 is either unknown or subject to further investigation
  • 1 is an interstate resident
  • Colac Otway has 12 active cases, Greater Geelong has two active cases, Greater Bendigo has one active case and Ballarat has no active cases.

Of the total cases:

  • 18,653 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1197 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9556 men and 10,473 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3496, active cases: 117
  • There are 376 active cases relating to aged care facilities

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

  • 255 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • 219 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 216 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 166 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 130 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
  • 128 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • 121 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
  • 119 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg

In Victoria there are currently three active cases in residential disability accommodation:

  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 3
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0

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

  • 30 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 43)
  • 14 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 16)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Wydinia Kindergarten (total cases: 16)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station (total cases: 17)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to the Alfred Hospital (total cases: 7)

Organisation based outbreak totals include contacts as well as employees/residents/staff/students of that location/business.

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