Victoria’s Chief Health Officer released a COVID-19 Daily Update at 8:21pm on Thursday, 6 May 2021.
This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities in Victoria. This update will be sent regularly.
Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Victoria has recorded 2 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours – in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
- The total number of COVID-19 cases reported in Victoria is now 20,526.
- There were no new deaths and the state’s death toll stands at 820.
- Victoria has 19 active cases.
- A total of 5,898,989 test results have been received. This is an increase of 16,400 since yesterday.
- You can find further details in today’s COVID-19 media release.
- The Department of Health website has full details in the interactive daily report.
A total of 8,163 COVID-19 vaccination doses were administered yesterday by state-commissioned services across Victoria.
This brings the total number of vaccine doses administered by the Department as of yesterday to 239,468.
Victorians aged 50 and over are now eligible to receive their vaccination at one of Victoria’s vaccination centres.
Update: Interstate exposure sites
New South Wales
Genomic sequencing results from the COVID-19 case in Sydney have narrowed the field of public health concern. For now, all areas in New South Wales will remain green zones under Victoria’s travel permit system. People entering Victoria from a green zone require a permit. Permits take five minutes to obtain at Service Victoria. Permits help authorities in Victoria contact people should the situation in any state change.
Authorised Officer presence and spot checking will be increased for incoming flights from Sydney to check for permits. In addition, flight manifests for all flights from Sydney ongoing will continue to be requested from the National Incident Room.
NSW Health has identified more exposure sites. If you are currently in Victoria and have been to any of the exposure sites on New South Wales COVID case locations website follow the advice listed to test and isolate, and immediately contact the Victorian Department of Health at 1300 651 160.
NSW Health has tiered exposure sites according to risk. Previously, Victoria was requiring people who attended any exposure site in NSW to quarantine for 14 days.
This advice will continue to apply for sites designated by NSW Health as ‘close contact’ sites.
If you are currently in NSW and have visited a listed exposure site, you should be following the advice of NSW Health and should not be travelling to Victoria, or anywhere. This initial positive case came to the attention of authorities because someone with symptoms did the right thing and got tested. It’s an important reminder that anyone with even the mildest of symptoms gets a coronavirus test as soon as possible.
Queensland Health has published a list of exposure sites on the Queensland Government website.
If you are currently in Victoria and have been to a Tier 1 exposure site you must immediately contact the Victorian Department of Health at 1300 651 160 and quarantine for 14 days.
Other Queensland public exposure sites, as listed on the Queensland Government website, are considered Tier 2 exposure sites. Anyone who has visited a Tier 2 exposure site during times listed should contact the Victorian Department of Health at 1300 651 160, get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result.
Western Australia Health has published a list of exposure sites at Healthy WA.
Victoria has declared all exposure sites since 27 April as Tier 1 exposure sites. If you are currently in Victoria and have been to a Tier 1 exposure site you must immediately contact the Victorian Department of Health at 1300 651 160 and quarantine for 14 days.
Victoria will continue to closely monitor the situation and the Perth and Peel regions remain designated orange zones under Victoria’s travel permit system.
Update: Travel permit zones
Most of Australia and New Zealand are now green zones.
Arrivals from green zones still require a permit to enter Victoria, because the information provided supports the speed of Victoria’s response should the public health situation in any location change.
Permits can be obtained at Service Victoria.
For more information visit Victorian travel permit system. The Victorian Chief Health Officer will continue monitoring the situation and will provide further updates as needed.
Testing sites and expanded testing
Demand for testing is stable across the system, with no waiting times longer than 30 minutes.
The department is publishing expected wait times at testing sites, as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where to get tested.
Current advice to clinicians
Notifications to the department of a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 can be done online. You can submit an online form to our public health team, rather than calling us, saving you time and resolving your case load more efficiently.
COVID-19 testing criteria
Practitioners should test any patients who meet the clinical criteria below:
- Fever OR chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation* OR
- Acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or changes in sense of smell or taste)
- Note: testing is also recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID-19** AND who are from the following cohorts: close contacts of a confirmed case of coronavirus COVID-19; those who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days; or those who are healthcare or aged care workers. Testing is recommended for those cohorts with onset of other clinical symptoms**. Asymptomatic testing is not recommended at this stage except for targeted programs.
- *Clinical discretion applies including consideration of the potential for co-infection (e.g. concurrent infection with SARS-CoV-2 and influenza)
- **headache, myalgia, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.
- If a symptomatic patient that presents for testing, confirms exposure to a known COVID-19 case within the past 14 days, and the outbreak definition is met, the test sample is to be treated as an ‘outbreak sample’.
Victoria’s restriction levels
The State of Emergency has been extended until 11:59pm on 7 May 2021 to allow the Chief Health Officer’s directions to remain in force.