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 Friday, September 25
TOTAL BALLARAT CASES: 57 (has not increased for 27 days)
ACTIVE BALLARAT CASES:0 (has not changed for 16 days)
The two new regional COVID-19 cases found in regional Victoria have been officially classified to Wodonga and East Gippsland.
However, both of these cases are confirmed to be currently living in metropolitan Melbourne.
These cases have not been in regional Victoria in recent weeks and both acquired COVID-19 in metropolitan Melbourne.
These cases will be moved to the appropriate LGA in coming days.
Victoria's average is now 0.8 new case per day over the last 14 days, well below the threshold of five need to reach the third step.
The last mystery case in regional Victoria was on September 1.
Bot of the new regional cases do not count towards either of those figures.
In Moorabool Shire there is still just one active case, for the third day in a row.
In the Pyrenees Shire, Golden Plains and Hepburn shiresthere are zero active cases.
In Greater Geelong the there remains just one active case.
In Greater Bendigo, there are finally no active cases for the first time in more than two months.
Colac-Otway is quickly heading towards zero, down to just two active cases.
There were more than 30 active cases two weeks ago.
Warrnambool remains without any active cases.
The 11 regional active cases are in: Colac (2), Latrobe (2), Macedon (2), Geelong (1), Moorabool (1), Horsham (1), East Gippsland (1) and Wodonga (1).
In total, Victoria has recorded 14 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,118.
The overall total has increased by 13 due to one case being reclassified.
Within Victoria, nine of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and five are under investigation.
Of today's nine cases linked to outbreaks, three are linked to aged care (Estia Keilor Downs and Opal Hobsons Bay), five are linked to existing outbreaks (Dandenong Police Station and Springvale shared accommodation) and one is linked to a complex case. Five cases remain under investigation.
Of today's 14 new cases, there are four cases in Greater Dandenong and single cases in Casey, Frankston, Hobson's Bay, Hume, Knox, Moonee Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Whitehorse, East Gippsland and Wodonga.
After further investigation two new cases above linked to regional Victorian addresses are associated with cases currently living in metropolitan Melbourne. These cases have not been in regional Victoria in recent weeks and both acquired COVID-19 in metropolitan Melbourne. These cases will be moved to the appropriate LGA in coming days.
There have been eight new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. One man aged in his 60s, one woman in her 70s, three women and one man in their 80s and one woman and one man in their 90s.
Seven of today's eight deaths are linked to known aged care facility outbreaks. To date, 781 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days for metropolitan Melbourne is 25.1 and regional Victoria is 0.8. 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 34 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:
- 4268 cases may indicate community transmission - an increase of one since yesterday
- 482 cases are currently active in Victoria
- 58 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including eight in intensive care
- 18,794 people have recovered from the virus
- A total of 2,635,282 test results have been received which is an increase of 12,460 since yesterday.
- Of the 482 current active cases in Victoria:
- 468 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the First Step of our roadmap
- 11 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap
- 3 are either unknown or subject to further investigation
Colac Otway has two active cases, Greater Geelong has one active case and Greater Bendigo and Ballarat have no active cases.
Of the total cases:
- 18,727 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1192 are from regional Victoria
- Total cases include 9598 men and 10,507 women
- Total number of healthcare workers: 3516, active cases: 77
- There are 247 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:
- 256 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
- 108 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
- 108 cases have been linked to Kalyna Aged Care Facility in Delahey
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:
- 18 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 44)
- 16 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 21)
- 10 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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- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or beyondblue.org.au
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- Survivors of Suicide: 0449 913 535
- Relationships Australia: 1800 050 321
- headspace Ballarat (for 12-25s and parent support): 5304 4777
- Soldier On: 1300 620 380
- Ballarat Community Health: 5338 4500
- QLife: 1800 184 527 (Support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people)
- Family violence: 1800 RESPECTVeterans support: If you or someone you know needs support call Open Arms on 1800 011 046 - 24 hours a day, seven days a week or visit www.openarms.gov.au
- For Aboriginal crisis support: Yarning SafeNStrong, 1800 959 563 (noon to 10pm)
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