Health alert – Coronavirus update from Chief Health Officer 15 September 20209

Coronavirus COVID-19

Daily Update

Date issued: 15 September 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 15 September 2020, 42 new cases have been diagnosed since yesterday, with a total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 19,911. 
  • The overall total has increased by 39 due to three cases being reclassified.  
  • Today’s 14 daily average case number for metropolitan Melbourne is 52.9 and regional Victoria is 3.6.  
  • Within Victoria, 27 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 15 are under investigation. 
  • There have been no new deaths reported since yesterday. This is the first time Victoria has not recorded any COVID-19 deaths in the previous 24-hour period since 13 July. 
  • To date, 729 people have died from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.  
  • There are 4,282 cases that may indicate community transmission, a decrease of nine since yesterday.  
  • There are 1,040 cases currently active in Victoria. 18,079 people have recovered.  
  • 118 people are in hospital. This includes 11 patients in intensive care. 
  • A total of 2,506,513 test results have been received. This is an increase of 8,803 since yesterday.
  • You can find further details in today’s coronavirus (COVID-19) media release.  
  • The DHHS website has full details in the interactive daily report.
  • Lower than usual presentation rates at Victorian emergency departments indicate people are putting off urgent medical care. It is important that while we remain vigilant against coronavirus (COVID-19) we don’t neglect our other health needs. Victorian hospitals are safe to attend, and people are urged not to defer seeking medical care if you have symptoms of concern – it may save your life.

Current advice to clinicians

  • DHHS has been collecting stocktake and utilisation data on key personal protective equipment (PPE) and swabs for public health services to support early identification of potential stock shortages. 
  • The state supply chain has moved to a needs-based allocation method for N95 respirators. Allocations will include a mix of brands and model including BYD, Detmold, and 3M. No BSN respirators have been allocated this week due to low stock levels.
  • Viral fragments of coronavirus have been detected in wastewater taken from the sewer network at Apollo Bay. While the preliminary result may not mean there are currently active cases of COVID-19 in the local community, people from Apollo Bay and nearby communities who have even the mildest of symptoms are urged to get tested and isolate as they await their result. The Great Ocean Road Health–Otway Health testing clinic on McLachlan St, Apollo Bay, is open from 9am to 4pm seven days a week. 
  • Notifications to the department of a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) can be done online. You can submit an online form to our public health team, rather than calling us, saving you time and resolving your case load more efficiently.  
  • Personal protective equipment and advice from the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Taskforce can be found in the Guide to the conventional use of PPE (Word) on our website. 
  • How to manage clinical waste from coronavirus (COVID-19) is now online.  
  • Protecting our healthcare workers (PDF) sets out the very latest in our understanding of coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it can spread within healthcare settings – both hospitals and aged care facilities. More information can be found online

Read the full update: Coronavirus COVID-19 daily update for information on

  • COVID-19 testing criteria
  • Victoria’s restriction levels
  • Key messages for the community
  • Clinical information (links)
  • Consumer information (links)
  • Contacts
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