THE numbers were coming down in the coronavirus update for Victoria on Thursday, August 13, and also in Gippsland, numbers of ‘active’ cases eased back by one to 41.

Victoria recorded 278 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 15,863.

Announcing the daily numbers, the Premier Daniel Andrews said he wasn’t inclined to say we have “turned the corner” but he did say “that as harsh as Stage 4 restrictions are, they are working” in bringing the numbers down.

The overall total has increased by 217, due to 61 cases being reclassified – largely due to duplication.

Within Victoria, 64 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 214 are under investigation.

There have been eight new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday: One woman in her 50’s, two men in their 70’s, two women and two men in their 80’s and one man his 90’s.

Four of the eight new deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities. To date, 275 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.

In Victoria at the current time:

  • • 3068 cases may indicate community transmission
  • • 7866 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • • 664 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 37 in intensive care
  • • 7493 people have recovered from the virus
  • • More than 1,895,566 tests have been processed – an increase of approximately 20,951 since yesterday

Of the total cases:

  • • 14,556 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 957 are from regional Victoria
  • • Total cases include 7636 men and 8156 women
  • • Total number of healthcare workers: 2073, active cases: 1140
  • • There are 2018 active cases relating to aged care facilities

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

  • • 201 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • • 184 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
  • • 153 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • • 131 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • • 119 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee
  • • 108 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong North
  • • 99 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • • 89 cases have been linked to Arcare Aged Care Facility in Craigieburn
  • • 87 cases have been linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir
  • • 82 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee

In Victoria there are currently 84 active cases in residential disability accommodation.

  • • Total Resident cases: 20; Total Staff cases: 64
  • • Active cases in NDIS homes: 59 (17 residents)
  • • Active cases in ‘transfer’ homes (State regulated/funded*): 24 (3 residents)
  • • Active cases in state government delivered and funded homes: 1

Cases currently linked to key outbreaks are as follows:

  • • 202 cases have been linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown
  • • 82 cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac
  • • 61 cases have been linked to the Woolworths Distribution Centre in Mulgrave
  • • 59 cases have been linked to the Linfox warehouse in Truganina
  • • 45 cases have been linked to Golden Farms Poultry in Breakwater
  • • 29 cases have been linked to Ausfresh in Broadmeadows

Locally, Gippsland has 41 active cases: Latrobe City 28 active and 43 cumulative, Wellington Shire 0 (13), South Gippsland 4 (12), Bass Coast 4 (10), East Gippsland 1 (3) and Baw Baw 5 (12).

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 outbreaks totals include contacts as well as employees/residents/staff/students of that location/business.

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 individuals receiving disability accommodation/respite services in Victoria is approximately 6500.