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New COVID-19 case for Ararat, other shires stable

Ararat Rural City Council has recorded its first new COVID-19 case in latest figures released by DHHS.

It takes the council's total to six since the pandemic started.

All other Wimmera shires have the same figures as yesterday although Horsham's total has been revised to 11 historic cases.


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Victoria has recorded 295 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday, with the total number of cases now at 9304.


The overall total has increased by 255 due to 40 cases being reclassified – largely due to duplication.


Within Victoria, 34 of the new cases are linked to outbreaks or complex cases and 261 are under investigation.


There have been nine new deaths from COVID-19 reported since yesterday.  They were one man in his 60s, one man in his 70s, three men and two women in their 80s and two women in their 90s. Seven of the nine deaths are linked to aged care facilities. To date, 92 people have died from coronavirus in Victoria.


In Victoria at the current time:

  • 1418 cases may indicate community transmission
  • 4839 cases are currently active in Victoria
  • 307 cases of coronavirus are in hospital, including 41 in intensive care
  • 4123 people have recovered from the virus
  • Of the total cases, 8632 cases are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 500 are from regional Victoria
  • Total cases include 4625 men and 4593 women
  • More than 1,554,000 tests have been processed
  • Total number of healthcare workers: 884, active cases: 502
  • There are 804 active cases relating to outbreaks across aged care facilities


Cases currently linked to public housing in North Melbourne, Flemington and Carlton are as follows:



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

  • 91 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer
  • 89 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner
  • 86 cases have been linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping
  • 79 cases have been linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth
  • 62 cases have been linked to Menarock Life Aged Care Facility in Essendon
  • 56 cases have been linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg
  • 54 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged Care Facility in Werribee
  • 51 cases have been linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge in Weribee
  • 44 cases have been linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong North
  • 41 cases have been linked to Arcare Aged Care Facility in Craigieburn


Single cases in staff members at the following aged care facilities have also been notified to the department – Kalyna Aged Care in Delahey, Doutta Galla Lynch’s Bridge in Kensington and Estia Health Aged Care in Glen Waverley. Two cases have also been identified at Mecwacare John Atchison Centre in Hoppers Crossing.


Cases currently linked to key outbreaks are as follows:


  • 100 cases have been linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham
  • 100 cases have been linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown
  • 78 cases have been linked to JBS in Brooklyn
  • 51 cases have been linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac
  • 29 cases have been linked to Woolworths Distribution Centre Mulgrave
  • 27 cases have been linked to LaManna Supermarket in Essendon Fields
  • 24 cases have been linked to Clever Kids in Ashburton
  • 19 cases have been linked to Respite Services Australia in Moonee Ponds
  • 14 cases have been linked to the Linfox Warehouse in Truganina
  • 10 cases have been linked to Don KR Castlemaine
  • 9 cases have been linked to Blackwoods Scoresby


As investigations are undertaken throughout the day, these 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. 


People living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are required to wear a face covering when leaving home for one of the four reasons.


There will be some reasons not to wear a face covering. For example, those who have a medical reason, children under 12 or during strenuous exercise.


Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions are in force across metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.



The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for the dissemination of information to the media involving positive COVID-19 cases across the state.

The Weekly Advertiser reports on COVID-19 cases in the region based on official information provided by the department and/or other relevant authorities.

'Numbers are correct as of 11.59pm last night but are subject to change as cases are followed up and data is analysed. This can include changes to residential addresses following case interviews'.