Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 21 September 2021

Victoria was notified of 603 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday.


Victoria was notified of 603 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.

There are 6,000 active cases in Victoria – 5,999 locally acquired and one overseas-acquired case.

There are 241 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 60 of those cases are in intensive care, with 39 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of the death of a woman from Hume aged in her 70s.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 29,596.


From 11.59pm yesterday, the construction industry has shut down for two weeks. For details visit Construction Industry To Shut Down For Two WeeksExternal Link .

The City of Ballarat. the City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire are in lockdown. For more information, see Seven day lockdown: Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell ShireExternal Link .

Details on Victoria’s Roadmap can be found at Victoria's roadmapExternal Link .

Changes to Extreme Risk Zones in New South Wales mean the border bubble permit exemption is again in effect (excluding Albury, which remains an Extreme Risk Zone). For more information, see Information for cross border communitiesExternal Link .


Yesterday, 40,811 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,200,720.

More than 72 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and almost 44 per cent have had both.


Of the 603 cases recorded yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case yesterday:

  • 5 cases in Banyule
  • 3 cases in Bayside
  • 39 cases in Brimbank
  • 6 cases in Cardinia
  • 10 cases in Casey
  • 14 cases in Darebin
  • 2 cases in Frankston
  • 11 cases in Glen Eira
  • 2 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 12 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 242 cases in Hume
  • 5 cases in Kingston
  • 5 cases n Knox
  • 6 cases in Manningham
  • 4 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 2 cases in Maroondah
  • 8 cases in Melbourne
  • 20 cases in Melton
  • 4 cases in Monash
  • 7 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 56 cases in Moreland
  • 2 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 8 cases in Port Phillip
  • 4 cases in Stonnington
  • 53 cases in Whittlesea
  • 47 cases in Wyndham
  • 12 cases in Yarra.

There were 10 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 1 in Ballarat
  • 1 in Bass Coast
  • 1 in Geelong
  • 1 in Macedon Ranges
  • 3 in Mitchell
  • 3 in Moorabool.

An aged care facility in Meadow Heights now has 15 positive cases comprising 11 residents and 4 staff.

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian coronavirus (COVID-19) dataExternal Link .

Around 63 per cent of cases identified in Victoria yesterday are in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, with about 23 per cent in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Around 84 per cent of all active cases in Victoria are people under 50 years of age, while almost a quarter of cases are people in their 20s.

Of the COVID-19 patients in hospital yesterday, more than 85 per cent were not vaccinated and more than 13 per cent were partially vaccinated. Three people were fully vaccinated.

There are currently more than 23,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were more than 760 published exposure sites in Victoria.

For more information on each exposure site, including dates and times of exposure, please visit Case alerts -public exposure sitesExternal Link .

There may be occasions when the Department is unable to make contact with a business or residential premises before their listing as an exposure site. At all times, we take the decision of when to publish these sites in the interests of public health.

The Department regularly manages exposure sites that it doesn’t publish online, particularly if these sites represent lower-risk exposure, or if they have comprehensive record-keeping and contact-tracing measures, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartment or townhouse complexes.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas:

  • Macedon, Mt Macedon, New Gisborne (along Hamilton Road), Riddells Creek. Period of interest is 15 to 20 September
  • Period of interest is 16 to 20 September
  • Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven – there has been a third unexpected detection. The period of interest is 7 to 17 September.

The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases, or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, visit Wastewater testingExternal Link .


48,829 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday.

Getting tested as soon as you have symptoms will help health authorities identify new positive cases and provide proper care for your family.

If you are concerned about losing money from missing work, support is available – including the $450 test isolation payment. For more information, go to Financial supportExternal Link .

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get testedExternal Link . Operating hours and wait times will vary.

More information

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) VictoriaExternal Link or call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week.

Latest statewide numbers (data reported to 11:59pm yesterday):

Cases acquired locally Cases acquired interstate Cases acquired overseas Active cases Lives lost Tests processed yesterday Total tests since pandemic began
603 0 0 6,000 1 48,829 10,594,601

Number of permits issued

(Jan 11 - 7am today)

Number of permit applications processed in the past 24 hours Average # of permits issued per minute in the past 24 hours


9,875 6.86

Reviewed 20 September 2021


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