Health alert – Coronavirus update from Chief Health Officer Victoria 26 May 2020


Coronavirus COVID-19

Daily Update

26 May 2020

Date issued: 26 May 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 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?

Developments in the outbreak

  • As of 26 May 2020, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 1,610 which is a net increase of five since yesterday.
  • Three new cases were detected in people who are in hotel quarantine; one linked to the Hammond Aged Care outbreak and one detected from routine testing.
  • The total number of cases linked to the Cedar Meats outbreak remains at 111 (unchanged).
  • 182 cases have been acquired in Victoria of an unknown source of infection, an increase of 2 since yesterday’s report.
  • Eight people are in hospital, including three people in intensive care. 19 people have died. 1,533 people have recovered.
  • Of the total 1,610 cases, there have been 1,333 in metropolitan Melbourne and 236 in regional Victoria. A number of cases remain under investigation.
  • There have been 182 confirmed cases in healthcare workers, unchanged since yesterday’s report.
  • More than 437,000 test results have been received by the department since 1 January 2020 (an increase of 5,528 since yesterday’s report).
  • Up-to-date epidemiological data is available on our website.
  • Victoria’s State of Emergency has been extended until 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May.
  • The Victorian Government has announced the gradual easing of restrictions throughout the state from 1 June and 22 June, including social events, sport, recreation, cafes, restaurants, travel and entertainment. Visit for more information.

Current advice to clinicians

  • Due to the current high volume of COVID-19 tests being processed, results may take longer than usual, up to five days.
  • People who have been tested at a metropolitan retail testing site can call the dedicated Onsite Doctor Results Hotline on (03) 8669 0255 if they have been waiting more than five days for results. This hotline will operate from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, until 5 June 2020.
  • Practitioners are encouraged to test any patients who meet the clinical criteria below:

Fever OR chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation*


Acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or anosmia)

Note: In addition, testing is recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID-19** AND who are close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19; who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days; or who are healthcare or aged care workers.

*Clinical discretion applies including consideration of the potential for co-infection (e.g. concurrent infection with SARS-CoV-2 and influenza)

**headache, myalgia, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.

Key messages for the community

  • Victoria’s State of Emergency has been extended to 31 May 2020, but some restrictions have been eased.
  • Right now, there are still only five reasons to leave your home:
  1. Shopping for food and supplies that you need
  2. Care and caregiving
  3. Exercise and outdoor recreation
  4. Work and education – if you can’t do it from home
  5. Visiting friends and family – if you really need to.
  • Our message to Victorians remains the same – if you can stay at home, you must stay at home.

Read the full update: Coronavirus COVID-19 daily update




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