Health alert – coronavirus update from Chief Health Officer Victoria 17 October 2020


Coronavirus COVID-19

Daily Update

Date issued: 17 October 2020

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

Issued to: Clinicians and the Victorian public


This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (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 coronavirus (COVID-19).

What’s new?

  • As of 17 October 2020, one new cases has been diagnosed since yesterday, with the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria now at 20,317. 
  • Today’s 14-day average case number for metropolitan Melbourne is 8.1 and regional Victoria is 0.5. 
  • There have been no new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. To date, 816 people have died from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria. 
  • The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days is 17 for metropolitan Melbourne and zero for regional Victoria. 4,281 cases may indicate community transmission (an increase of one since yesterday). 
  • There are 148 cases currently active in Victoria. 19,287 people have recovered. 
  • 13 people are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care. 
  • A total of 2,925,810 test results have been received. This is an increase of 18,934 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.
  • The State of Emergency and State of Disaster have been extended until 11:59pm on 8 November 2020.

Current advice to clinicians

  • The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is continuing to ask commercial passenger vehicle drivers and food delivery drivers to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19). If commercial passenger vehicle drivers and food delivery drivers do not have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, they will not have to stay home to wait for their test results. Commercial passenger vehicle drivers and food delivery drivers will need to tell staff at the testing centre/site that they work in the industry.
  • Prolonged use of PPE can cause facial or skin injuries, and advice on how to prevent and manage these effects is now online. 
  • 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.
  • Find out the latest information about visiting care facilities and hospitals on our website.
  • 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.
  • The Queensland Health Minister, has asked all Victorian health services to note that people requiring emergency medical care at a Queensland hospital will not be denied treatment irrespective of their place of residence, if their clinical team determines that treatment at a Queensland hospital is the best option for their care. Emergency services including ambulance, aeromedical retrieval and organ transportation are not affected by Queensland border restrictions. For further information, visit Queensland Government border restrictions website.
  • A new Infection Prevention and Control resource hub is now online, and includes a new factsheet on protective eyewear.
  • In addition, there is updated PPE information for health care workers who are directly involved in treating patients. Updated information available online on the PPE coronavirus page.

Testing advice for clinicians in an outbreak setting

  • If a symptomatic patient that presents for testing, confirms exposure to a known COVID-19 case within the past 14 days, and the outbreak definition is met, the test sample is to be treated as an ‘outbreak sample’.

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




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