Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 29 September 2021

Victoria was notified of 950 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.

29/09/21

Victoria was notified of 950 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.

There are 9,890 active cases in Victoria – 9,888 locally acquired and two overseas-acquired cases.

There are 371 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 81 of those cases are in intensive care, with 55 cases on a ventilator.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of seven deaths – a woman in her 50s, a woman in her 70s, three women and one man in their 80s and a woman in her 90s.

This brings the total number of deaths from the current outbreak to 36, and the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 856.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 35,904.

Update: Border

At 11:59pm tonight, the following changes to Victoria’s Extreme Risk Zone permit will come into effect:

Victorian residents who have been in an extreme risk zone at any time since the zone started over the last 14 days can get an extreme risk zone permit at  Service Victoria to enter Victoria, if:

  • You have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (unless you are under 18 or have a medical exemption from a medical practitioner)
  • You have tested negative to COVID-19 in the 72 hours before entering Victoria

When in Victoria, you will have to:

  • Quarantine immediately upon arrival in Victoria and stay in quarantine for 14 days, regardless of any negative test result.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arriving, and again on Day 13 of your quarantine period.

If you are not a Victorian resident, you are not eligible for an extreme risk zone permit.

Even if you are a Victorian resident, you are also not eligible if you have been to an exposure site, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if you are a close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

For more information, visit Pathway for vaccinated victorians to come back home.

Update: Restrictions

City of Latrobe entered a seven-day lockdown at 11.59pm yesterday with restrictions the same as those in metropolitan Melbourne (excluding the curfew). For more information, visit City of Latrobe to enter seven day lockdown tonight.

Across Victoria, restrictions modestly eased at 11:59pm yesterday, in line with vaccination thresholds. To see current restrictions in areas that are in lockdown, visit How we live: metropolitan Melbourne and some areas of regional Victoria.

Vaccines

Yesterday, 34,028 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,497,806.

Grants are on offer to pharmacies and GPs to turbocharge the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. To register expressions of interest, visit Vaccination enhancement grants.

Victorians are encouraged to book their first dose through their local GP or community pharmacy. To see available bookings, visit Australian Government Department of Health.

Outbreaks

Of the 950 cases reported yesterday, the following Local Government Areas in metropolitan Melbourne recorded more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 18 cases in Banyule
  • 5 cases in Bayside
  • 6 cases in Boroondara
  • 63 cases in Brimbank
  • 14 cases in Cardinia
  • 50 cases in Casey
  • 28 cases in Darebin
  • 7 cases in Frankston
  • 8 cases in Glen Eira
  • 16 cases in Greater Dandenong
  • 14 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 240 cases in Hume
  • 5 cases in Kingston
  • 5 cases in Knox
  • 15 cases in Manningham
  • 22 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 5 cases in Maroondah
  • 31 cases in Melbourne
  • 55 cases in Melton
  • 8 cases in Monash
  • 29 cases in Moonee Valley
  • 63 cases in Moreland
  • 3 cases in Mornington Peninsula
  • 2 cases in Nillumbik
  • 18 cases in Port Phillip
  • 10 cases in Stonnington
  • 2 cases in Whitehorse
  • 102 cases in Whittlesea
  • 54 cases in Wyndham
  • 14 cases in Yarra
  • 4 cases in Yarra Ranges

There were also 30 cases notified in regional Victoria yesterday:

  • 1 case in Ballarat
  • 1 case in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Corangamite
  • 2 cases in Greater Geelong
  • 4 cases in Latrobe
  • 9 cases in Mitchell
  • 2 cases in Moorabool
  • 1 case in Murrindindi
  • 1 case in South Gippsland
  • 1 case in Strathbogie
  • 1 case in Surf Coast
  • 4 cases in Warrnambool
  • 2 cases in Wellington

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases is available at Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are currently more than 27,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At midday today, there were more than 610 published exposure sites in Victoria – but the most prevalent exposure site in Victoria is the family home.

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

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:

  • Cobram – there have been repeated unexpected detections in Cobram in an area that includes Cobram. The period of interest is 20-27 September.
  • Seymour – there have been repeated unexpected detections in an area that includes Seymour. The period of interest is 19-27 September.
  • Ballarat – there have been repeated unexpected detections in an area that includes Lake Gardens, Mitchell Park and Wendouree. The period of interest is 15-28 September.
  • Bendigo area – There has been an unexpected wastewater detection in an area that includes East Bendigo, Wellsford, Strathdale, Kennington, Strathfieldsaye and Junortoun. The period of interest is 21-23 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 testing.

Testing

61,322 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 and other support for COVID-19.

To find your nearest COVID-19 testing site, visit Where to get tested for COVID-19. 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) Victoria 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 9am to 5pm, 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 
950 0 0 9,890 7 61,322 11,042,046

 

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 

3,758,577

5,054 3.51

Reviewed 28 September 2021

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