Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria - 23 August 2021

Victoria was notified of 71 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired cases.

23/08/21

Victoria was notified of 71 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired cases.

There are 494 active cases in Victoria – 491 locally acquired and three overseas acquired cases.

There are 29 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 9 cases are in intensive care and five cases are on ventilators.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 21,526.

Update: Outbreaks

Of today’s 71 local cases:

  • 49 are linked to known outbreaks
  • 22 cases have their acquisition source under investigation
  • At least 16 were in isolation for the entirety of their infectious period

Among the cases linked to current outbreaks are:

  • 14 linked to Shepparton – 36 in total
  • 10 linked to the Hobsons Bay community – 61 in total
  • 8 linked to MyCentre Child Care – 50 in total
  • 5 linked to Royal Melbourne – 10 in total

Of the 494 active cases: 

  • 112 are aged between 0 and 9 
  • 100 are aged between 10 and 19 
  • 79 are aged between 20 and 29 

There are currently more than 14,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.  

Please check the website for all exposure sites and the dates and times of exposure at Case alerts - public exposure sites.

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

Update: Vaccinations

22,191 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services yesterday.

The total number of doses administered through these services is 2,157,777.

Until Sunday, residential aged care and disability workers are able to walk up to more than 50 state vaccination centres in Victoria and get vaccinated with the vaccine of their choice, regardless of their age.

Staff can demonstrate their eligibility by showing their residential aged care or disability staff ID card.

There are 52,566 vaccine appointments available this week, including:

  • More than 4,800 at Ford Factory, Geelong
  • More than 3,300 at Sandown
  • More than 1,000 at Wyndham Civic Centre
  • More than 4,700 at Melton
  • More than 4,000 at MCEC
  • More than 2,200 at Melbourne Showgrounds
  • More than 2,300 at the Plenty Ranges Arts Centre in South Morang
  • More than 1,700 at Frankston's Bayside Centre

Victoria’s online booking system is now live at Book your vaccine appointment or you can ring the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Information about Victoria’s vaccination centres can be found at Vaccination centres.

Update: Travel Permit Zone changes – QLD and NT 

From 11:59pm 23 August, the Local Government Areas of Cairns and Yarrabah are green zones under Victoria’s travel permit system.  

You are still required to apply for a permit when entering Victoria from a green zone. For more information on what green zones mean, visit Victorian Travel Permit System - Green zones.

Additionally, the Local Government Areas of Cairns and Yarrabah are retrospectively orange zones from 12:01am 11 August 2021 until the time green zones come into effect. 

If you have entered Victoria and have been in Cairns or Yarrabah between 11 August 2021 and 23 August 2021, you are an orange zone arrival and should isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arrival, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result. 

This also means that previous red zone arrivals from the Cairns and Yarrabah LGAs may leave isolation if they have already received a negative test result.  

From 11:59pm 23 August, Northern Territory red zones in the Greater Darwin and Katherine Local Government Areas are orange zones under Victoria’s travel permit system.  

If you are entering Victoria and have been in Greater Darwin or Katherine after 11:59pm 23 August, you are an orange zone arrival and should isolate, get tested within 72 hours of arrival, and stay isolated until you receive a negative result. 

This also means that previous red zone arrivals from Greater Darwin and Katherine LGAs may leave isolation if they have already received a negative test result.  

For more information on what orange zones mean, visit Victorian Travel Permit System - Orange zones.

To apply for a permit, visit Service Victoria. It is an offence to enter Victoria without a valid permit, exemption or exception, with fines of up to $5,452. 

For more information on Victoria’s travel permit system – including exceptions, exemptions, specified worker permits and frequently asked questions – visit Victorian Travel Permit System

People entering Victoria must follow current restrictions in place. To see information about restrictions, visit COVIDSafe Settings.

Update: COVID-19 wastewater detections in Victoria 

The Department is continuing to identify unexpected detections of COVID-19 fragments in wastewater in metropolitan Melbourne in areas that have not recorded recent positive cases. 

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

Current areas of concern are:      

Metro catchments - residential

  • Western suburbs: Albion, Braybrook, Footscray, Seddon, St Albans, Sunshine, Sunshine North, Sunshine West, Tottenham and West Footscray – detections in the period of interest 15-20 August. South Kingsville and Spotswood – detections with period of interest 17-20 August.
  • Northern suburbs: Coburg, Coburg North, Fawkner, Hadfield, Preston, Reservoir and Thomastown – repeat detections in the period of interest 15-20 August. 
  • Bayside suburbs of Black Rock, Brighton, Brighton East, Cheltenham, Hampton, Hampton East, Highett and Sandringham – detections in the period of interest 16-19 August.

Metro catchments - industrial

  • Sunshine West – 11 repeated strong detections in the period of interest 8-21 August.

More information is available at Wastewater testing.

Update: Testing

46,446 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.

Over the weekend, there were more than 5,500 tests in the Shepparton area. Almost 700,000 tests have been processed since the outbreak begun.

See new and extended testing sites, where to get tested and expected wait times at Where to get tested.

General advice

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you are experiencing symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.

 For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

 

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 
71 0 0 494 0 46,446 9,136,022 

 

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 

3,363,794 

8,007 5.56

Reviewed 22 August 2021

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