Health alert – Coronavirus update from Chief Health Officer Victoria 30 July 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19

Daily Update

Date issued: 30 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 30 July 2020, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 9,998 with 723 new cases diagnosed since yesterday.
  • The overall total has increased by 694 with 29 cases being reclassified.
  • Of the new cases, 34 are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 261 are under investigation.
  • There are 1,698 cases that may indicate community transmission, an increase of 280 since yesterday’s report.
  • 312 people are in hospital, including 34 patients in intensive care.
  • Sadly, there have been 13 new deaths reported since yesterday. To date, 105 people have died from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.
  • There are 5,385 cases currently active in Victoria. 4,259 people have recovered.
  • More than 1,574,600 test results have been processed 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.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing 2.1 million masks to eligible Victorians. General practices can place orders for these masks. More information is available on the reusable face masks page.

State of Emergency

  • The State of Emergency has been extended until 11:59pm on 16 August 2020, allowing for the enforcement of the Stay at Home (Restricted Areas) Direction and other vital public health directions from the Chief Health Officer.
  • Stay at Home (Restricted Areas) Directions are in force across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire.
  • People who live in these areas are only allowed to go out for four reasons: shopping for food and supplies, health care and caregiving, outdoor exercise, and study or work – if unable to work or study from home.
  • In response to increasing rates of transmission within homes in certain areas, from 11:59pm on Thursday 30 July in the local government areas of Colac-Otway, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast, Moorabool, Golden Plains, and the Borough of Queenscliffe, you will no longer be able to visit people or have visitors at home. Hospitality venues will remain open.
  • From 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 July 2020, people who live in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear a face covering when leaving home, unless a lawful exception applies. A face covering can be either a face mask or a cloth mask and needs to cover both the nose and mouth. More information on face coverings is available on our website.
  • Following an increase in regional cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), face coverings will also be mandatory across regional Victoria from 11.59pm on Sunday 2 August.

Key messages for the community

  • Stay home and get tested if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) no matter how mild: including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of sense of smell or taste. Go home straight after your test and self-isolate while you wait for the results. You must not go to a workplace until you get your results. Go to the DHHS testing map for locations.
  • Face coverings in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire – People living in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear a face covering from 11:59pm on Wednesday 22 July when leaving their home, unless a lawful exception applies. The fine for not wearing a face covering will be $200.
  • Face coverings in regional Victoria – From 11.59 on Sunday 2 August all Victorians will be required to wear a face covering when leaving their home, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • This is a difficult and uncertain time for many Victorians, and support is vital and available. For more information about managing stress and support options, call the Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Services on 1800 512 348
  • A one-off $300 payment to support Victorian workers, including parents and guardians, who are required to self-isolate while they wait for the results is available. 
  • A one-off $1,500 Worker Support Payment continues to be available to support Victorian workers who test positive or a close contact tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and need to self-isolate but are unable to work during their isolation, have no income during this period, and are not entitled to any paid sick leave, special pandemic leave or other income support.
  • For more information about the worker support payment, see Coronavirus (COVID-19) Test Isolation and Worker Support Payments.
  • Pause on public and private elective surgeries: In metropolitan Melbourne surgeries that have already been scheduled may proceed, while only new Category 1 and the most urgent Category 2 surgeries can be booked. IVF treatments such as egg retrievals will be able to continue given the time critical nature of these procedures and minimal impact on hospital capacity. This is due to the increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and to ensure our hospitals have the beds, equipment and staff available if aged care residents need to be transferred.

Read the full update: Coronavirus COVID-19 daily update