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 21
TOTAL BALLARAT CASES: 57 (has not increased for 58 days)
ACTIVE BALLARAT CASES:0 (has not changed for 43 days)
Regional Victoria's active infections remains steady for the second day in a row, with just three cases.
The three active cases are in Greater Shepparton, following an outbreak scare.
Day 11 re-testing of contacts and close contacted continued in the regional area, with the final round of tests taking place on Saturday.
A further 248 tests were conducted in Great Shepparton in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 2972.
Just three new cases were confirmed across the state in the past 24 hours - all in metropolitan Melbourne and all in quarantine when they tested positive.
Two are linked to the northern metro region community outbreak and one is a household contact of a known case.
While health authorities are not certain, they are treating a Melbourne man's positive case as a reinfection, rather than him shedding the virus he first caught in July.
In Melbourne the rolling 14-day average decreased further, sitting on 6.2 (down from 6.4, with regional Victoria still on 0.4).
There are now just 10 cases from unknown sources in Melbourne (down from 13) the past 14 days (October 7 to 20).
There has not been a mystery case in the regions since September 1 and Ballarat has not had an active infection since September 8.
The following message has been issued by the DHHS:
Victoria has recorded three new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 20,323.
There have been no new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday. To date, 817 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.
Of today's three new cases:
- Two are linked to the northern metro region community outbreak
- One is a household contact of a known case
The three cases were in quarantine when they tested positive.
A previous case included in yesterday's numbers continues to be reviewed and assessed by an expert panel of clinicians and epidemiologists to determine if this is a new infection or if the person is still shedding virus from their original infection.
One avenue being explored is that this is a reinfection of coronavirus. Such cases are rare globally and only a handful have been reported in scientific literature. We are conducting further investigations and additional tests, including whole genome sequencing, before making a final determination.
While this investigation is underway, the case is being treated as a new positive and appropriate public health actions are in place, pending a decision.
The Department of Health and Human Services continues to work with local health services to contain an outbreak of coronavirus in Shepparton. There are three cases in Shepparton.
Day 11 re-testing of contacts and close contacts in Shepparton is continuing, with the final round of tests to be conducted on Saturday.
A further 248 tests were taken in Shepparton and surrounding regions yesterday, taking the total number of tests in Shepparton and the surrounding region to 6,972.
Details about current high-risk locations, locations of concern and testing centres open today in Shepparton and surrounding regions are available on the Department's website.
The average number of cases diagnosed in the last 14 days (7 Oct 2020 - 20 Oct 2020) for metropolitan Melbourne is 6.2 and regional Victoria is 0.4. 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 (4 Oct 2020 - 17 Oct 2020) is 10 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 10 mystery cases in the last 14 days (7 Oct 2020 - 20 Oct 2020) are in the following postcodes, 3015, 3024, 3025, 3037, 3047, 3073, 3081, 3128, 3152 and 3173.
In Victoria at the current time:
- 4276 cases may indicate community transmission - a decrease of one since yesterday
- 109 cases are currently active in Victoria
- 10 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, there are no cases in intensive care
- 19,329 people have recovered from the virus
- A total of 2,984,494 test results have been received which is an increase of 17,409 since yesterday
Of the 109 current active cases in Victoria:
- 106 are in metropolitan Melbourne under the Second Step of our roadmap
- 3 are in regional local government areas under the Third Step of our roadmap. The three cases are in Greater Shepparton.
Of the total cases:
- 18,927 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1198 are from regional Victoria
- Total cases include 9691 men and 10,619 women
- Total number of healthcare workers: 3602, active cases: 8
- There are 8 active cases relating to aged care facilities
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest active case numbers are as follows:
- 3 active cases are currently linked to Uniting Age Well Preston (total cases: 5)
- 2 active cases are currently linked to Estia Aged Care Facility Keilor (total cases: 52)
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include:
- 14 active cases are currently linked to the north metro region community (total cases: 23)
- 8 active cases are currently linked to the Box Hill Hospital (total cases: 14)
- 7 cases are currently linked to the south-eastern community (total cases: 9)
- 5 active cases are currently linked to the Chadstone Shopping Centre (total cases: 39)
- 3 active cases are currently linked to the Hoppers Crossing community outbreak (total cases: 4)
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. The GV Health hotline can also be contacted on 1800 313 070 between 8am and 8pm.
To keep updated on testing locations and public exposure sites click 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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