Ballarat has gone without a new COVID-19 case for a fourth consecutive day, but adjoining shires are continuing to see growing numbers.
There remains 10 active cases in Ballarat, with a total of 24 cases diagnosed throughout the duration of the pandemic.
The positive news comes as authorities get on top of an aged care breakout in a Ballarat Health Services facility. There were five people connected to that outbreak.
There have not been any updates today but as of Tuesday, there were three people in hospital in a stable condition and one in intensive care.
Shires joining Ballarat are continuing to see steady growth.
Moorabool has climbed to 12 active cases, that figure having doubled in the past five days.
Golden Plains has jumped back up to eight cases, with a two more recorded as active in the past 24 hours.
Further down the highway, Greater Geelong has jumped sharply with 13 new active cases in the last two days, including nine today.
Overall, Victoria has recorded 295 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 9304.
The overall total has increased by 255 due to 40 cases being reclassified - largely due to duplication.
Within Victoria, 34 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 261 are under investigation.
There have been nine new deaths from COVID-19 reportedsince yesterday. They were one man in his 60s, one man in his 70s, three men and two women in their 80s and two women in their 90s. Seven of the nine deaths are linked to aged care facilities. To date, 92 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
In Victoria at the current time:
- 1418 cases may indicate community transmission
- 4839 cases are currently active in Victoria
- 307 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 41 in intensive care
- 4123 people have recovered from the virus
- Of the total cases, 8632 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 500 are from regional Victoria
- Total cases include 4625 men and 4593 women
- More than 1,554,000 tests have been processed
- Total number of healthcare workers: 884, active cases: 502
- There are 804 active cases relating to outbreaks across aged care facilities
Cases currently linked to public housing in North Melbourne, Flemington and Carlton are as follows:
- 309 cases are residents of various public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington. Investigations are continuing into how these cases are linked.
- 64 cases are residents of various public housing towers in Carlton. Investigations are continuing into if and/or how these cases are linked.
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
- 91 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
- 89 cases have been linked to St Basil's Home for the Aged in Fawkner
- 86 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
- 79 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
- 62 cases have been linked to Menarock Life Aged Care Facility in Essendon
- 56 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
- 54 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
- 51 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge in Weribee
- 44 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong North
- 41 cases have been linked to Arcare Aged Care Facility in Craigieburn
Single cases in staff members at the following aged care facilities have also been notified to the department - Kalyna Aged Care in Delahey, Doutta Galla Lynch's Bridge in Kensington and Estia Health Aged Care in Glen Waverley. Two cases have also been identified at Mecwacare John Atchison Centre in Hoppers Crossing.
Cases currently linked to key outbreaks are as follows:
- 100 cases have been linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham
- 100 cases have been linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown
- 78 cases have been linked to JBS in Brooklyn
- 51 cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac
- 29 cases have been linked to Woolworths Distribution Centre Mulgrave
- 27 cases have been linked to LaManna Supermarket in Essendon Fields
- 24 cases have been linked to Clever Kids in Ashburton
- 19 cases have been linked to Respite Services Australia in Moonee Ponds
- 14 cases have been linked to the Linfox Warehouse in Truganina
- 10 cases have been linked to Don KR Castlemaine
- 9 cases have been linked to Blackwoods Scoresby
As investigations are undertaken throughout the day, these outbreak totals are likely to change as the public health team identify links between cases and identified outbreaks. Organisation based outbreaks totals include contacts as well as employees/residents/staff/students of that location/business.
People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons.
There will be some reasons not to wear a face covering. For example, those who have a medical reason, children under 12 or during strenuous exercise.
Stage 3 "Stay at Home" restrictions are in force across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.
WHERE TO TAKE A COVID-19 TEST IN BALLARAT
Everyone who feels even the slightest cold or flu-like symptom must assume they have the virus until a test result proves otherwise. Anybody with symptoms or awaiting a result should self-isolate at home.
- If you have cold or flu-like symptoms, make an appointment either online or by phone (4311 1571) to take a test at Lucas Community Hub. Tests are by appointment only.
- There is now a testing site at the Ballarat Senior Citizens Centre in the CBD. People are encouraged to book a test by calling 1800 054 172.
VICTORIA'S NIGHTMARE MONTH
- Wednesday July 29: 295 new cases, nine deaths as new cases drop below 300 for first time in nine days
- Tuesday July 28: 380 new cases, six deaths as aged care outbreaks continue to climb
- Monday July 27: 532 new cases as daily cases hits 500 for first time, six deaths
- Sunday July 26: 459 new cases as double-digit death toll is recorded for first time with 10 deaths
- Saturday July 25: 357 new cases, five new deaths
- Friday July 24: 300 cases, six deaths, ADF role expanded to help with contact tracing.
- Thursday July 23 - 403 cases, five deaths, worst day for fatalities in any state, masks now mandatory
- Wednesday July 22 - 484 cases, two deaths
- Tuesday July 21 - 374 cases, three deaths
- Monday July 20 - 275 cases, one death
- Sunday July 19 - 363 cases, three deaths, notice that masks will become mandatory in lockdown areas
- Saturday July 18 - 217 cases, three deaths, final Melbourne public housing tower released from hard lockdown
- Friday July 17 - 428 cases, three deaths
- Thursday July 16 - 317 cases, two deaths
- Wednesday July 15 - 238 cases, one death
- Tuesday July 14 - 270 cases, two deaths
- Monday July 13 - 177 cases
- Sunday July 12 - 273 cases, one death
- Saturday July 11 - 216 cases, one death
- Friday July 10 - 288 cases, a national daily record at the time
- Thursday July 9 - 165 cases, eight of nine Melbourne public housing towers released from hard lockdown
- Wednesday July 8 - 134 cases, new stage-three restrictions announced for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire
- Tuesday July 7 - 191 cases
- Monday July 6 - 127 cases, two deaths, NSW border closed
- Sunday July 5 - 74 cases
- Saturday July 4 - 108 cases, immediate hard lockdown of nine Melbourne public housing towers
- Friday July 3 - 66 cases
- Thursday July 2 - 77 cases
- Wednesday July 1 - 73 cases
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