DHHS COVID-19 News Release for 8 October 2020

Here are the key points from the release dated 8 October 2020. Also included is the full release from DHHS

DHHS COVID-19 News Release for 8 October 2020

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 8 October 2020

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

We’ve seen how quickly this virus can spread throughout the community with tragic consequences and it is critical that we continue to limit the movement of people across the state to slow the spread of the virus.

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

Anyone who visited Chadstone shopping centre between 23 September and 1 October should get tested – even if they have 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 from 12-8pm today and tomorrow.

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 if you don’t have any symptoms at all. Testing has been set up at The Kilmore and District Hospital from 9am – 7pm and Kilmore Soldiers Memorial Hall pop-up testing site from 10am – 5pm today. There are currently around 230 people isolating in Kilmore following cases linked to the Oddfellows Café.

Victoria has recorded 11 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,247.

The overall total has increased by 10 due to one case being reclassified.

Six of today’s new cases are linked to known outbreaks – three are linked to the Frankston family outbreak, one is linked to the Oddfellows Café, one is linked to the Box Hill Hospital outbreak and one is linked to a complex case. The other five cases remain under investigation.

Of today’s 11 new cases, there are three in Frankston, two in Hobsons Bay and single cases in Boroondara, Brimbank, Melton, Port Phillip, Mildura and Mitchell.

The Mildura case is not a definite positive, however, it is being treated as a positive at this stage. Re-testing is underway. All public health actions are being undertaken, including managing close contacts.

Investigations are continuing into an outbreak at Box Hill hospital, which includes two staff members and one patient. The contact tracing process is underway and all appropriate public health actions are being undertaken, including cleaning, testing and quarantining.

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

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (24 Sep 2020 – 07 Oct 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is 9.7 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 (22 Sep 2020 – 05 Oct 2020) is 14 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:

  • 4276 cases may indicate community transmission – an increase of two since yesterday
  • 203 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 17 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including one in intensive care
  • 19,174 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 2,795,529 test results have been received which is an increase of 15,298 since yesterday.

Of the 203 current active cases in Victoria:

  • 199 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the Second Step of our roadmap
  • Four are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap. Mitchell has three active cases.

Of the total cases:

  • 18,850 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1197 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9658 men and 10,575 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3548, active cases: 25
  • There are 50 active cases relating to aged care facilities

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

  • 23 active cases are currently linked to Estia Aged Care Facility Keilor (total cases: 51)
  • 8 active cases are currently linked to Edenvale Manor Aged Care Facility Keilor East (total cases: 23)
  • 7 active cases are currently linked to Opal Hobsons Bay Aged Care Facility (total cases: 46)
  • 4 active cases are currently linked to Embracia Moonee Valley Aged Care Facility (total cases: 81)

In Victoria there is currently one active case in residential disability accommodation:

  • Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 1
  • Active cases in NDIS homes: 1 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 0 (0 residents)
  • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0

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

  • 31 active cases are currently linked to the Chadstone Shopping Centre outbreak (total cases: 31).
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to Electra Park Medical Centre Ashwood (total cases: 6)
  • 6 active cases are currently linked to the Frankston Family outbreak (total cases: 11)
  • 5 active cases are currently linked to the Springvale shared accommodation outbreak (total cases: 8)

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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