Victoria’s Chief Health Officer released a COVID-19 Daily Update at 6:28pm on Wednesday, 22 September 2021.
This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities in Victoria.
Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to COVID-19.
- Victoria was notified of 603 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired.
- There are 6,000 active cases in Victoria – 5,999 locally acquired and one overseas-acquired case.
- There are 241 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 60 of those cases are in intensive care, with 39 cases on a ventilator.
- Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of the death of a woman from Hume aged in her 70s.
- The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 29,596.
- From 11.59pm yesterday, the construction industry has shut down for two weeks. For details visit Construction Industry To Shut Down For Two Weeks.
- The City of Ballarat, City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire and Mitchell Shire are in lockdown. For more information, see Seven day lockdown: Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire.
- Details on Victoria’s Roadmap can be found at Victoria’s roadmap.
- Changes to Extreme Risk Zones in New South Wales means the border bubble permit exemption is again in effect (excluding Albury, which remains an Extreme Risk Zone.
- For more information, see Information for cross border communities.
- The New South Wales Local Government Area of Edward River Council has been re-added to the cross-border community.
- Yesterday, a record 40,811 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 3,200,720.
- More than 72 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over 44 per cent have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- There are currently around 2,800 Pfizer appointments and 4,800 AstraZeneca appointments available over the next seven days.
Update: Wastewater testing
COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas:
- Macedon, Mt Macedon, New Gisborne (along Hamilton Road), Riddells Creek. Period of interest is 15 to 20 September.
- Bendigo. Period of interest is 16 to 20 September.
- Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven – there has been a third unexpected detection. The period of interest is 7 to 17 September.
- Moe area – there have been four unexpected detections in an area that includes Moe, Newborough, Trafalgar, Yallourn and Yarragon. The period of interest is 13 to 17 September.
- The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.
- Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.
- For more information on wastewater testing, visit Wastewater testing.
- 48,829 tests were processed in Victoria yesterday.
- Getting tested as soon as you have symptoms will help health authorities identify new positive cases and provide proper care for your family.
- If you are concerned about losing money from missing work, support is available – including the $450 test isolation payment. For more information, go to Financial support.
- To see new and extended testing sites, where to get tested and expected wait times, visit Where to get tested.
Update: Advice for household contacts of a primary close contact
Information is available online for people who are household contacts of a primary close contact.
View more at What to do if you are a close contact.
COVID-19 symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you are experiencing symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.
The Department publishes 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 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’.