Hepburn Shire's long streak without a case of COVID-19 has come to an end.
The shire, which had its first active case on March 21, hasn't had a new case in months but now has two active infections, bringing its total to four cases, new Department of Health and Human Services figures show.
The news comes on the first day of mandatory mask-wearing across all of Victoria.
Ballarat has recorded one more case, bringing its total to 29, with 11 still active.
Moorabool has another two new cases, now having 19 in total and 15 active, while Golden Plains also recorded another new case (16 total, 10 active).
Pyrenees, west of Ballarat that includes towns Beaufort, Avoca, Lexton and Trawalla, still has one active case - its first ever since the pandemic began earlier this year.
Bendigo has recorded another four active cases overnight, while Geelong has another eight new infections.
Ballarat Health Services confirmed on Monday afternoon it is currently providing care for three COVID-19 patients at the Base Hospital.
All patients are in a stable condition.
"We are also providing care to seven COVID-19 positive cases within their own homes in the community," according to a media statement.
From Tuesday, as part of organisation-wide infection prevention and control measures, all persons entering Ballarat Health Services sites must have their contact details taken.
Previously, only ward based visitors have had contact details taken, however this is now a requirement to all persons attending general appointments, their carers, contractors, and other visitors.
Victoria has recorded 429 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 11,937.
The overall total has increased by 380, due to 49 cases being reclassified - largely due to duplication.
Within Victoria, 36 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 393 are under investigation.
There have been 13 new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. They include a man in his 60s, two males and a female in their 70s, two males in their 80s and five females and two males in their 90s.
Eight of the 13 new deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. To date, 136 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
In Victoria at the current time:
- 2031 cases may indicate community transmission
- 6489 cases are currently active in Victoria
- 416 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 35 in intensive care
- 5111 people have recovered from the virus
- More than 1,676,953 tests have been processed - an increase of 25,000 since yesterday
Of the total cases:
- 10,976 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 703 are from regional Victoria
- Total cases include 5877 men and 5962 women
- Total number of healthcare workers: 1195, active cases: 706
- There are 1089 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Cases currently linked to public housing in North Melbourne, Flemington and Carlton are as follows:
- 310 cases are residents of various public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington. Investigations are continuing into how these cases are linked.
- 67 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:
- 139 cases have been linked to St Basil's Home for the Aged in Fawkner
- 130 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
- 106 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
- 101 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
- 88 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
- 65 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility
- 63 cases have been linked to Menarock Life Aged Care in Essendon
- 61 cases have been linked to Aurrum Aged Care Facility in Plenty
- 58 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care facility in Dandenong North
- 55 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge in Werribee
Cases have also been identified at Lilydale Lodge Aged Care Facility, Estia Health Aged Care Facility in Glen Waverley and BlueCross The Boulevard in Mill Park.
Cases currently linked to key outbreaks are as follows:
- 185 cases have been linked to Al-Taqwa College
- 148 cases have been linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown
- 129 cases have been linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham
- 86 cases have been linked to JBS in Brooklyn
- 77 cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac
- 71 cases have been linked to Melbourne Health Royal Park Campus
- 36 cases have been linked to Woolworths Distribution Centre Mulgrave
- 20 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater
- 21 cases have been linked to Catholic Regional College in Sydenham
- 31 cases have been linked to the Linfox warehouse in Truganina
- 30 cases have been linked to St Vincent's Hospital
The department is also looking into cases linked to the QANTAS Freight, the Northern Hospital Intensive Care Unit, Melbourne United (Basketball Club), Bestway Dandenong, Jayco Dandenong and Martin and Pleasance in Port Melbourne. More information will be provided in coming days as investigations continue.
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.
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