Health alert – Coronavirus update from Chief Health Officer Victoria 4 July 2020

 

 

 

Coronavirus COVID-19

Daily Update

Date issued: 4 July 2020

Issued by: Adjunct Clinical Professor Brett Sutton, Chief Health Officer

Issued to: Clinicians and the Victorian public

Purpose

This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities in Victoria. This update will be sent regularly.

Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to COVID-19.

What’s New?

  • As of 4 July 2020, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 2,469, a net increase of 101 since yesterday’s report. 
  • 108 new cases have been reported. Of the new cases, 14 are linked to outbreaks, 25 were identified through routine testing and 69 remain under investigation. Seven previous cases have been reclassified.
  • 389 cases have been acquired in Australia where the source of infection is unknown.
  • 25 people are in hospital, including three patients in intensive care. 20 people have died, no increase since yesterday’s report. 1,938 people have recovered.
  • Of the total 2,469 cases, there have been 2,119 in metropolitan Melbourne and 256 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation.
  • More than 906,000 test results have been received by the department since 1 January 2020.
  • Further details can be found in today’s coronavirus (COVID-19) media release
  • Up-to-date epidemiological data is available on our website. 

Restricted postcodes

Given the increasing numbers of coronavirus (COVID-19) in particular locations and the heightened risk of transmission, additional restrictions have come into effect in certain postcodes.

Residents of any of these restricted postcodes must follow Stay at Home Directions. There are four reasons that these residents can leave home:    

  • shopping for food or other essential items
  • work or study, if you cannot work or study from home
  • to provide care giving, for compassionate reasons or seek medical treatment
  • for exercise (outdoor exercise only, with only one other person or members of their household).

There are now 12 restricted postcodes:

  • 3012 – includes: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray  
  • 3021 – includes: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
  • 3031 – includes: Kensington, Flemington
  • 3032 – includes: Ascot Vale, Highpoint City, Maribyrnong, Travancore  
  • 3038 – includes: Keilor Downs, Keilor Lodge, Taylors Lakes, Watergardens  
  • 3042 – includes: Airport West, Keilor Park, Niddrie, Niddrie North 
  • 3046 – includes: Glenroy, Hadfield, Oak Park  
  • 3047 – includes: Broadmeadows, Dallas, Jacana
  • 3051 – includes: North Melbourne, Hotham Hill
  • 3055 – includes: Brunswick South, Brunswick West, Moonee Vale, Moreland West 
  • 3060 – includes: Fawkner  
  • 3064 – includes: Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Mickleham, Roxburgh Park, Kalkallo.  

If you live in one of these suburbs you must follow Stay at Home Directions.

More information is available on the Restrictions: restricted postcodes page.

Queries can be made to the Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398

Key messages for the community

  • A targeted blitz was launched across 10 priority suburbs to zero-in on community transmission with a fleet of mobile vans. If you live in one of the priority suburbs you can receive free testing – with or without symptoms. 
  • Residents of these suburbs and in the restricted postcodes will receive free testing – with or without symptoms. For more information go to the Response to outbreaks page.
  • People getting tested in hotspots who are asymptomatic and awaiting test results do not need to self-isolate. In line with existing guidance, if people feel unwell or have any of the coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms they should self-isolate.
  • Residents of these suburbs should not seek asymptomatic testing from their general practitioner, rather visit a site listed on our Getting tested webpage

Read the full update: Coronavirus COVID-19 daily update

 

 

 

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