27 May 2020
Date issued: 27 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.
Developments in the outbreak
- As of 27 May 2020, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 1,618 which is a net increase of eight since yesterday.
- Two new cases were linked to the Lynden Aged Care outbreak, one detected amongst people who are in hotel quarantine and four detected from routine testing. One case is under investigation.
- The total number of cases linked to the Cedar Meats outbreak remains at 111 (unchanged).
- 183 cases have been acquired in Victoria where the source of infection is unknown, an increase of one since yesterday’s report.
- Eight people are in hospital, including three people in intensive care. 19 people have died. 1,539 people have recovered.
- Of the total 1,618 cases, there have been 1,340 in metropolitan Melbourne and 235 in regional Victoria. A number of cases remain under investigation.
- There have been 183 confirmed cases in healthcare workers, an increase of one since yesterday’s report.
- More than 470,000 test results have been received by the department since 1 January 2020 (an increase of over 33,000 since yesterday’s report). Today’s increase is related to a data transfer arrangement between a laboratory provider and the department for over 20,000 negative results from the last two months.
- 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 https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19 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:
- Shopping for food and supplies that you need
- Care and caregiving
- Exercise and outdoor recreation
- Work and education – if you can’t do it from home
- 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