IN LINE with a major adjustment to the number of allegedly ‘active’ cases across Victoria on Thursday, August 20, down by a whopping 2291 active cases between Wednesday and Thursday, Gippsland’s number of active cases has also fallen.

Virtually without explanation at today’s coronavirus update by the Premier Daniel Andrews, the number of active cases, which was quoted at 7155 only a day earlier, is now 4864.

Gippsland, according to Wednesday’s data, had 36 active cases, now all-of-a-sudden the figure is a much less stressful 26.

South Gippsland’s number of active cases is down three to a single case while Bass Coast’s number of active cases is also down, by one to two cases.

The figures are in line with anecdotal reports locally that people in the Poowong and Grantville areas had long since been declared negative but still remained on the public list as being ‘active’.

The explanation by the Department of Health & Human Services is as follows:

“The active cases number has declined significantly today to account for cases cleared over the past five days, supported by additional capacity. This coincides with a high number of cases in the past two to three weeks who are starting to recover. The public health team anticipate that if the current trend of slower growth in new cases continues, then the active case number will continue to decline rapidly.”

The six local government areas in Gippsland are as follows: Latrobe 18 active cases (46 total) down 3, Wellington 2 (15) up 1, Baw Baw 3 (14) down 3, South Gippsland 1 (12) down 3, Bass Coast 2 (11) down 1 and East Gippsland steady at 0 active cases (3).

Coronavirus update for Victoria

Victoria has recorded 240 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 17,683.

The overall total has increased by 237 due to 3 cases being reclassified largely due to duplication.

Within Victoria, 101 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 139 are under investigation.

There have been 13 new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday: One man in his 70s, six women in their 80s, five women in their 90s and one man in his 90s.

8 of the 13 new deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. To date, 376 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • • 3784 cases may indicate community transmission
  • • 4864* cases are currently active in Victoria
  • • 622 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 43 in intensive care
  • • 12,334 people have recovered from the virus
  • • A total of 2,028,909 test results have been received which is an increase of 20,279 since yesterday.

Of the total cases:

  • • 16,277 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 1068 are from regional Victoria
  • • Total cases include 8483 men and 9166 women
  • • Total number of healthcare workers: 2563 active cases: 753
  • • There are 1811 active cases relating to aged care facilities

Active aged care outbreaks with the highest cumulative case numbers are as follows:

  • • 209 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • • 193 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • • 158 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • • 152 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • • 132 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • • 112 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong North
  • • 111 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • • 110 cases have been linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North
  • • 110 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • • 105 cases have been linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury

In Victoria there are currently 65 active cases in residential disability accommodation:

  • • Total Resident cases: 16; Total Staff cases: 49
  • • Active cases in NDIS homes: 50 (16 residents)
  • • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded): 15 (0 residents)
  • • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 0

The Victorian Government last year transferred 547 disability residential homes and staff to five non-government providers which represents approximately 43 per cent of the accommodation market.

Residents in these homes are NDIS clients, and these residential services are currently funded as part of Victoria’s annual $2.5 billion contribution to the NDIS. These homes are scheduled to be transferred to the NDIS by the end of the year.

The total number of people receiving disability accommodation/respite services in Victoria is approximately 6500.

Cases currently linked to key outbreaks are as follows:

  • 209 cases have been linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown
  • 167 cases have been linked to Somervile Retails Services in Tottenham
  • 153 cases have been linked to JBS in Brooklyn
  • 148 cases have been linked to Royal Melbourne Hospital Royal Park campus
  • 64 cases have been linked to Woolworths Distribution Centre in Mulgrave
  • 64 cases have been linked to the Linfox warehouse in Truganina
  • 46 cases have been linked to Nino Early Learning in Bundoora
  • 44 cases have been linked to Catholic Regional College in Sydenham
  • 43 cases have been linked to Clever Kids in Ashburton
  • 36 cases have been linked to Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm in Bendigo
  • 31 cases have been linked to Diamond Valley Pork

The Department is also investigating cases linked to Peninsula Health. 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.