Health alert – Coronavirus update from Chief Health Officer Victoria 2 July 2020

 

Coronavirus COVID-19

Daily Update

Date issued: 2 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 2 July 2020, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 2,303, a net increase of 72 since yesterday’s report.  
  • 77 new cases have been reported. Of the new cases, 13 are linked to outbreaks, 37 were identified through routine testing, and 27 remain under investigation. No new cases have been detected in returned travellers in hotel quarantine. Five previous cases have been reclassified. 
  • 332 cases have been acquired in Australia where the source of infection is unknown. 
  • 20 people are in hospital, including four patients in intensive care. 20 people have died, no increase since yesterday’s report. 1,866 people have recovered. 
  • Of the total 2,303 cases, there have been 1,958 in metropolitan Melbourne and 253 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation. 
  • More than 850,000 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). 

The restricted postcodes are: 

  • 3012 – includes: Brooklyn, Kingsville, Maidstone, Tottenham, West Footscray
  • 3021 – includes: Albanvale, Kealba, Kings Park, St Albans
  • 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
  • 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 New restrictions for Melbourne’s restricted postcodes page.

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. For more information on the Suburban Testing Blitz go to the Keeping our communities safe page
  • Residents of these suburbs should not seek asymptomatic testing from their general practitioner, rather visit a site listed on our Getting tested webpage.  
  • If you feel unwell with any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should stay home and get tested. If you have any fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, and loss of sense of smell or taste – stay home, don’t go in to work and don’t visit friends and family. Get tested and stay at home until you get the result. Go to the DHHS testing map for locations

Read the full update: Coronavirus COVID-19 daily update