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 October 28
TOTAL BALLARAT CASES: 58 (no increase since October 23)
ACTIVE BALLARAT CASES:0 (has not changed for 49 days)
October 28 is a special day in regional Victoria's calendar - it was the first time since May 7 it did not have an active COVID-19 infection.
Two Greater Shepparton cases recovered in the past 24 hours after picking up the virus when it was spread by a Melbourne truckie earlier this month.
Ballarat's total coronavirus case numbers remain steady at 58, after increasing by one out of the blue last Friday.
It was likely a reclassification as the city hasn't had an active infection since September 8.
In Melbourne the rolling 14-day average decreased further, sitting on 2.7 (down from 2.8) with regional Victoria remaining steady on 0.2.
There are just three mystery cases - from unknown sources - over the past 14 days (October 12 to 25) are in Melbourne.
There has not been a mystery case in the regions since September 1.
Restrictions for Ballarat and regional Victoria lifted further from early this morning. See the changes right here.
The following message has been issued by the DHHS:
Victoria has recorded two new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,342.
Today's new cases are close contacts of known cases linked to the northern metropolitan region community outbreak and are associated with the Regis Macleod aged care facility and East Preston Islamic College. Both cases were in isolation when they were diagnosed. The cases are in the local government areas of Darebin and Yarra.
There have been two new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday, a man aged in his 70s and a man aged in his 80s.
Both deaths are historic cases that have now been linked to COVID-19. One death occurred on 6 September and the other was on 7 October. Both are also linked to aged care outbreaks. To date, 819 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (14 Oct 2020 - 27 Oct 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is 2.7 and regional Victoria is zero. 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 (12 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020) is three for metropolitan Melbourne and zero from 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.
The Department of Health and Human Services continues to work to contain an outbreak of coronavirus in Melbourne's northern suburbs with more than 23,000 tests processed from that area since last Tuesday.
A total of 4689 test results have been processed since yesterday, including more than 1200 tests processed this morning, from northern suburbs testing sites in the local government areas of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland and Nillumbik.
Testing sites open in northern metropolitan Melbourne today include:
- Croxton School, 159 Beaconfield Pde, Northcote, In-home testing for remaining close contacts
- Broadmeadows Central Shopping Centre, north carpark, Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows, 9am-5pm
- Coolaroo Respiratory Centre, 512 Barry St, Coolaroo, 9am-5pm, people with symptoms only
- Craigieburn Health Service, 274-304 Craigieburn Road, 9am-5pm
- Melbourne Airport, Terminal 4 Level 2 (Mercer Dve exit off Tullamarine Fwy), 9am-5pm
- Roxburgh Park Station, Thomas Brunton Pde (opposite Dosa Corner), 9am-5pm
- Roxburgh Park Youth and Recreation Centre, 75 Lakeside Drive, Roxburgh Park, 9am-12.30pm and 1pm-5pm
- Western Health - Sunbury Respiratory Clininc, 29 Timins St, Sunbury, 10am-5.30pm
- Austin Hospital,145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg, 8am-8pm
- Banyule Health, 21 Alamein Rd, Heidelberg West, 10am-4pm
- Banyule Health, 14-32 Civic Drive, Greensborough, 9am-4pm
- Heidelberg West, mobile unit aligned to community engagement movements including at Malahang Reserve, 10am-5pm
- Northland Shopping Centre, Target carpark via Murray Rd, Preston, 9am-5pm
- CB Smith Reserve, 79 Jukes Rd, Fawkner, 9am-4pm
- Reservoir Leisure Centre, 2A Cuthbert Rd, Reservoir, 10am-5pm
There are three mystery cases recorded in the last 14 days (12 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020) located in the following postcodes, 3029, 3128 and 3152.
In Victoria at the current time:
- 4276 cases may indicate community transmission - no change since yesterday
- 80 cases are currently active in Victoria.
- 3 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care
- 19,376 people have recovered from the virus
- A total of 3,106,653 test results have been received which is an increase of 24,673 since yesterday.
Of the 80 current active cases in Victoria:
- 80 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the Third Step of our roadmap
- There are no cases in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap.
Of the total cases:
- 18,948 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1199 are from regional Victoria
- Total cases include 9700 men and 10,629 women
- Total number of healthcare workers: 3582, active cases: 6
- There are 3 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
- Northern metro region community (active 23, total 41)
- Eastern Health Box Hill Hospital (active 4, total 15)
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.
Information regarding COVID-19 is available at the Department of Health and Human Services website or by calling 1800 675 398. Testing site details are available here.
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.
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- Ballarat Community Health: 5338 4500
- QLife: 1800 184 527 (Support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people)
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