Date issued: 7 July 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.
- As of 7 July 2020, the total number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Victoria is 2,824, with 191 new cases since yesterday’s report.
- The overall total has increased by 164, with 27 reclassified, largely due to duplication. Of the new cases, 37 are linked to outbreaks and 154 remain under investigation. No case has been detected in a returned traveller in hotel quarantine.
- 438 cases have been acquired in Australia where the source of infection is unknown.
- 35 people are in hospital, including nine patients in intensive care. 22 people have died, no increase since yesterday’s report. 2028 people have recovered.
- Of the total 2,824 cases, there have been 2,469 in metropolitan Melbourne and 261 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation.
- More than 979,000 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.
Stay at Home Directions
- The Victorian Government has announced Stay at Home Directions for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July until 11.59pm on Wednesday 19 August.
- The area returning to Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions is comprised of 31 metropolitan Melbourne local government areas (LGA) and the Mitchell Shire LGA.
- For six weeks, 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.
Key messages for the community
- Residents of the priority suburbs and in the current restricted postcodes will receive free testing – with or without symptoms. For more information go to the Response to outbreaks page.
- People who are asymptomatic and awaiting test results do not need to self-isolate. But if people feel unwell or have any of the coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms they should self-isolate.
- 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.
- Nasopharyngeal swabs collected by trained healthcare workers remains the gold standard test. Victoria commenced limited saliva testing in hotspots as part of department-led enhanced surveillance activities.
- On 6 July, Premier Daniel Andrews announced that New South Wales (NSW) will temporarily shut its border with Victoria to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The closure is effective from 12.01am on 8 July and Victorians currently in NSW do not have to self-isolate when returning to Victoria. There will be provisions in place for residents of border regions.
Read the full update: Coronavirus COVID-19 daily update