There has been a new coronavirus case confirmed in Ballarat, the first one for the week.
Ballarat's overall tally jumped from 24 to 25 in the past 24 hours, but only 10 cases remain listed as 'active'.
There is no further information available about the new case.
Moorabool Shire remained steady with 12 actives cases, as did Golden Plains on eight.There were no new cases found in either shire.
Hepburn remains without a new case for months and Pyrenees has never had a case.
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In Geelong, the surge in cases continues, with 73 now list as active compared to just 59 yesterday.
That figure was as low as 31 earlier in the week.
In Bendigo there was one more case confirmed following yesterday's news of seven new cases, to now sit at 18.
The news comes on the same day tighter restrictions for Moorabool and Golden Plains shires (plus four other shires surrounding the Geelong area) are enforced.
Residents in those areas are no longer allowed to have any visitors into their home, but the measures are still not as tight as metropolitan Melbourne.
However, they are allowed to visit restaurants and cafes, gyms and attend community sport.
Facemasks will also become mandatory when leaving home throughout the entire state from 11.56pm Sunday.
Victoria has recorded 627 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 10,577.
The overall total has increased by 579 due to 48 cases being reclassified - largely due to duplication.
Within Victoria, 77 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 550 are under investigation.
There have been eight new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. They were two men in their 50s, two men in their 70s, one woman in her 70s and three men in their 80s. Four of the eight deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. To date, 113 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
In Victoria at the current time:
- 1792 cases may indicate community transmission
- 5743 cases are currently active in Victoria
- 349 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 36 in intensive care
- 4479 people have recovered from the virus
- Of the total cases, 9754 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 595 are from regional Victoria
- Total cases include 5201 men and 5195 women
- More than 1,608,400 tests have been processed
- Total number of healthcare workers: 1030, active cases: 614
- There are 928 active cases relating to outbreaks across aged care facilities
Cases currently linked to public housing in North Melbourne, Flemington and Carlton are as follows:
- 311 cases are residents of various public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington. Investigations are continuing into how these cases are linked.
- 66 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:
- 124 cases have been linked to St Basil's Home for the Aged in Fawkner
- 115 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
- 104 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
- 87 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
- 82 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
- 63 cases have been linked to Menarock Life Aged Care Facility in Essendon
- 58 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
- 55 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong North
- 52 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge in Werribee
- 45 cases have been linked to Arcare Aged Care Facility in Craigieburn
New cases in other aged care facilities include: a single case in a staff member at Homestyle Aged Care in Point Cook; a single case in a staff member at Bupa Aged Care in Templestowe; a single case in a staff member at Royal Freemasons Bendigo; a single case in a staff member at Cumberland Manor in Sunshine North; a single case in a staff member at Gary Smorgon House in Caulfield; and a single case in a resident in Florence Aged Care Facility in St Albans.
Cases currently linked to key outbreaks are as follows:
- 184 cases have been linked to Al-Taqwa College
- 134 cases have been linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown
- 84 cases have been linked to JBS in Brooklyn
- 68 cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac
- 37 cases have been linked to Melbourne Health Royal Park Campus
- 31 cases have been linked to Woolworths Distribution Centre Mulgrave
- 13 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater
- 13 cases have been linked to Diamond Valley Pork in Laverton North
- 12 cases have been linked to Dowell Windows in Bayswater
- 11 cases have been linked to the My Moovers call centre in Docklands
- 6 cases have been linked to the Centrelink office in Epping.
- 6 cases have been linked to Capral Aluminium in Campbellfield
- 5 cases have been linked to Victoria Police sites at Docklands
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.
Last week, we announced that face coverings would be mandatory in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire. Yesterday, we announced that same requirement will apply across regional Victoria.
That means from Sunday 2 August at 11:59pm, a face covering will be mandatory whenever you leave home - wherever you live.
As Eid al-Adha has commenced, it is important that we remind Victorians to stay safe and protect their family and community.
We understand this is a sacrifice for Victorian Muslims, but while we may be physically apart, we can be spiritually connected.
It is important that every Victorian takes this virus seriously and that we all do the right thing.
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
- Friday, July 31: 627 new cases, eight deaths. Premier says one in four Covid cases not home when checked.
- Thursday July 30: 723 cases, 13 deaths. Just when it was looking promising, alarming new record set.
- 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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