DHHS COVID-19 News Release for Saturday 31 October 2020

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DHHS COVID-19 News Release for Saturday 31 October 2020

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 31 October 2020

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Victoria has recorded one new case of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,347.

The overall total has not increased due to one case being reclassified.

Today’s new case is under review by our Expert Review Panel after returning an initial low positive and then a subsequent negative test result.

The new case is in the local government area of Stonnington.

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

The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (17 Oct 2020 – 30 Oct 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is 2.4 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 (15 Oct 2020 – 28 Oct 2020) is two 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 two mystery cases are in the postcodes 3081 and 3152.

The Department of Health and Human Services continues to work to contain an outbreak of coronavirus in Melbourne’s northern suburbs with just under 33,000 tests processed from that area since Tuesday 20 October.

A total of 2,869 test results were processed yesterday, with a further 573 tests processed this morning from northern suburbs testing sites in the local government areas of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland and Nillumbik.

Testing sites open in northern metropolitan Melbourne today include: 

  • Broadmeadows Central Shopping Centre, north carpark, Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows, 9am–5pm.
  • Coolaroo Respiratory Centre, 512 Barry St, Coolaroo, 9am-5pm, people with symptoms only
  • Craigieburn Health Service, 274–304 Craigieburn Road, 9am–5pm.
  • Melbourne Airport, Terminal 4 Level 2 (Mercer Dve exit off Tullamarine Fwy), 9am–5pm.
  • Roxburgh Park Youth and Recreation Centre, 75 Lakeside Drive, Roxburgh Park, 9am-5pm.
  • Western Health – Sunbury Respiratory Clininc, 29 Timins St, Sunbury, 10am-5.30pm.
  • Austin Hospital,145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg, 8am–8pm.
  • Banyule Health, 21 Alamein Rd, Heidelberg West, 10am–4pm.
  • Banyule Health, 14–32 Civic Drive, Greensborough, 9am–4pm.
  • Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Outdoor Carpark, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Corner Waterdale Rd and Bell Street (enter via Waterdale Road), 9am-5pm.
  • CB Smith Reserve, 79 Jukes Rd, Fawkner, 9am–4pm.
  • Reservoir Leisure Centre, 2A Cuthbert Rd, Reservoir, 10am-5pm.
  • East Preston Islamic College, 55 Tyler St, Preston, 31 October – 1 November, 10am-5pm. Open to College staff and families only.

In the Deer Park area, the Department is continuing to investigate a case reported yesterday and is encouraging people with any symptoms to visit a local testing site. The case is being managed as a new infection pending further tests, with 21 close contacts identified and in quarantine.

A new mobile testing site has been set up at Errington Reserve in St Albans.

Testing sites available in the Brimbank LGA include:

  • Errington Reserve mobile testing site, St Albans, car park south of St Albans Community Centre, Saturday 10:00am – 5pm.
  • IPC Health – Deer Park, 106 Station Road, Deer Park, Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, extended hours Sat-Sun – 9am-4.00pm.
  • Western Health – Sunshine Hospital – 176 Furlong Road, St Albans – Mon-Sun 10am-6:30pm.
  • Victoria University (St Albans Campus) – Victoria University St Albans Campus, McKechnie St, St Albans – Mon-Sun 9am-5pm.
  • Sunshine West Community Centre (Kermeen St Car Park) – Kermeen Street Carpark, Sunshine West – Mon-Fri 8am-3:30pm, Sun 9:30am-3:30pm.

Following a previous case associated with the Goodstart Early Learning in Plenty Rd Bundoora testing has been offered for all staff and students. All household members will also be offered testing and have been asked to stay at home while awaiting their results.

So far, 220 tests have been completed with 117 negatives returned and 103 results pending. All 40 primary close contacts linked to a positive case at the centre are being contacted by DHHS with instructions to quarantine and undergo Day 11 tests.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • 4276 cases may indicate community transmission – a decrease of two since yesterday.
  • 71 cases are currently active in Victoria.
  • 2 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care
  • 19,457 people have recovered from the virus
  • A total of 3,174,221 test results have been received which is an increase of 19,850 since yesterday.

Of the 71 current active cases in Victoria:

  • 71 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the Third Step of our roadmap
  • There are no cases in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap.

Of the total cases:

  • 18,955 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1199 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 9702 men and 10,632 women
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 3574, active cases: 3
  • There are 4 active cases relating to aged care facilities

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

  • Northern metro region community (active 17, total 42)
  • Eastern Health Box Hill Hospital (active 1, total 15)

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


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