This page about Ballarat's COVID-19 stats will be updated daily when the latest COVID-19 location data is released.
Traditionally, the latest figures are released in mid-late afternoon.
This page will only be updated with data confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Update for Monday, September 28
TOTAL BALLARAT CASES: 57 (has not increased for 35 days)
ACTIVE BALLARAT CASES:0 (has not changed for 19 days)
The number of active COVID-19 cases in regional Victoria remains at nine on the same day as Melbourne advances to the 'second step' of the roadmap to recovery.
The average number of cases diagnosed in the past two weeks for regional Victoria is now 0.6.
The last mystery case in regional Victoria was on September 1.
It is good more continued news for the regions, which advanced to the 'third step' almost two weeks ago.
Ballarat has not had a known active infection in almost three weeks now and it has been more than a month since the city recorded a new case.
In Moorabool Shire there is still just one active case, for the sixth day in a row.
In the Pyrenees Shire, Golden Plains and Hepburn shiresthere are zero active cases.
In Greater Geelong there remains just one active case.
In Greater Bendigo, there are still no active cases.
Colac-Otway is quickly heading towards zero, down to just one active case, which is positive after having an outbreak about a fortnight ago.
Warrnambool remains without any active cases.
Active cases also remain in: Latrobe (1), Macedon (2), Horsham (1) and East Gippsland (1).
In total, Victoria has recorded five new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,149.
The overall total has increased by four due to one case being reclassified.
This is the lowest number of new cases since June 12, when we reported four cases in the past 24-hour period.
All of today's five cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases. Three are linked to aged care (Kalyna Aged Care Facility in Delahey, Opal Hobsons Bay and Embracia Moonee Valley) and two linked to health services.
Of today's five new cases, there are single cases in Brimbank, Casey, Glen Eira, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.
There have been three new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. One man in his 60s, one woman in her 80s and one man in his 90s. Two deaths occurred prior to yesterday.
All of today's three deaths are linked to a known aged care facility outbreak. To date, 787 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days for metropolitan Melbourne is 20.3 and regional Victoria is 0.6. The rolling daily average case number is calculated by averaging out the number of new cases over the past 14 days.
The total number of cases from an unknown source in the last 14 days is 31 for metropolitan Melbourne and zero for regional Victoria. The 14-day period for the source of acquisition data ends 48 hours earlier than the 14-day period used to calculate the new case average due to the time required to fully investigate a case and assign its mode of acquisition.
In Victoria at the current time:
- 4274 cases may indicate community transmission - an increase of one since yesterday
- 359 cases are currently active in Victoria
- 49 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including eight in intensive care
- 18,942 people have recovered from the virus
- A total of 2,668,796 test results have been received which is an increase of 6,807 since yesterday.
Of the 359 current active cases in Victoria:
- 350 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the Second Step of our roadmap
- Nine are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
- 0 are interstate residents
- 0 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
- Colac Otway has one active case, Greater Geelong has one active case and Greater Bendigo and Ballarat have no active cases.
Of the total cases:
- 18,757 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1192 are from regional Victoria
- Total cases include 9610 men and 10,525 women
- Total number of healthcare workers: 3527, active cases: 60
- There are 182 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
- 260 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
- 220 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
- 140 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
- 132 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote
- 127 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
- 124 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
- 122 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury
- 121 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
- 109 cases have been linked to Kalyna Aged Care Facility in Delahey
- 108 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
In Victoria there are currently four active cases in residential disability accommodation:
- Total resident cases: 0; Total Staff cases: 4
- Active cases in NDIS homes: 3 (0 residents)
- Active cases in 'transfer' homes (State regulated/funded): 1 (0 residents)
- Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
- 11 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 44)
- 9 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 20)
- 7 active cases are currently linked to Alfred Hospital (total cases: 11)
- 5 active cases are currently linked to the Springvale shared accommodation outbreak (total cases: 5)
As public health work is undertaken throughout the day, outbreak totals are likely to change as the public health team identify links between cases and identified outbreaks. Organisation based outbreak totals include contacts as well as employees/residents/staff/students of that location/business.
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.
- A testing site has also opened at the BHS public dental site in Sebastopol, phone 5320 8889
- A drive-through swabbing clinic, for symptomatic and asymptomatic people, has opened at the old Atlantic Hotel on Skipton Street in Redan - people will require a referral from their GP or specialist, but will not require an appointment.
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