Coronavirus Replace for Victoria – Friday 17th September

Victoria was informed of 511 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. 510 cases were acquired locally and one was acquired overseas.

There are 4,697 active cases in Victoria – 4,693 locally acquired and four overseas acquired.

There are 208 cases of COVID-19 in the Victoria hospital. 49 of these cases are in the intensive care unit, 32 of which are on a ventilator.

Unfortunately, the ministry was informed yesterday of the death of a woman aged 50.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the pandemic began is 27,439.


Restrictions on outdoor social interactions and gatherings, outdoor exercise, and the distance people can travel from home will be relaxed in the Melbourne and Ballarat metropolitan area restricted areas tonight at 11:59 p.m.

In the Victoria region (except Ballarat), gyms and swimming pools may reopen with capacity restrictions.

For more information, see New Freedoms When Your First Dose Goal of 70 Percent is Met.

Update: Testing and vaccination services on September 18th

The COVID-19 testing sites on Bourke and Russell Streets will be closed on Saturday September 18 due to protests planned in the Melbourne CBD.

Vaccination centers, including the Melbourne Museum and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center, are operating as planned and viewing appointments are not accepted.

People with pre-booked appointments must show their booking confirmation via email or text message to go through checkpoints and enter a vaccination center.

All on-site employees, including health workers, must present their authorized worker permit or photo ID issued by their employer.

The Ministry of Health is sending information to anyone with a confirmed vaccination booking, advising them on how to safely make their Saturday appointment.

PTV has announced that there will be no public transport in or out of the CBD between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, while Victoria Police will set up vehicle checkpoints on the streets leading into the city center.

Anyone affected by these disorders should consider postponing their vaccination appointment via the online booking portal or the coronavirus hotline at 1800 675 398.


Record doses of 43,993 vaccine doses were delivered yesterday by Victoria government agencies. The total number of doses administered by government services is 3,029,762.

More than 70 percent of Victorians have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

There are currently around 5,600 Pfizer appointments and 7,700 AstraZeneca appointments available over the next seven days.

According to current public health regulations, vaccination is not a reason to travel from a restricted area to a regional non-restricted area and vice versa.


Of the 510 local cases diagnosed yesterday, 124 were linked to current cases as of this morning. More cases are expected to be linked to current cases and outbreaks as the investigation continues.

The following local government areas recorded more than one newly diagnosed case yesterday:

  • 3 cases in Ballarat
  • 9 cases in Banyule
  • 27 cases in Brimbank
  • 7 cases in Cardinia
  • 15 cases in Casey
  • 17 cases in Darebin
  • 3 cases in Glen Eira
  • 4 cases in the greater Dandenong area
  • 2 cases in the greater Geelong area
  • 11 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 188 cases in Hume
  • 6 cases in Manningham
  • 4 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 2 cases in Maroondah
  • 11 cases in Melbourne
  • 9 cases in Melton
  • 2 cases in Mitchell
  • 2 cases in Monash
  • 10 falls in the Moonee Valley
  • 57 cases in Moreland
  • 2 falls in Mornington Peninsula
  • 3 cases in Port Phillip
  • 2 cases in Whitehorse
  • 44 cases in Whittlesea
  • 52 cases in Wyndham
  • 7 cases in Yarra
  • 3 cases in Yarra Ranges.

Victorian coronavirus case data is available on the Victorian COVID-19 data page.

Around 63 percent of the cases identified in Victoria yesterday are in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.

Around 85 percent of all active cases in Victoria are people under the age of 50, while nearly a quarter of the cases are people over the age of 20.

Of the COVID-19 patients in hospital yesterday, 87 percent are not vaccinated and 12 percent are partially vaccinated. Two people are fully vaccinated.

There are currently more than 19,250 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

There were more than 820 published exposure sites in Victoria at noon today.

For more information on each exposure site, including the date and time of exposure, see the Case Warnings – Public Exposure Sites page.

There may be times when the ministry cannot contact a commercial or residential building before it is listed as an exposure site. In the interest of public health, we make a decision at any time when these pages are published.

The department regularly maintains exposure sites that it does not publish online, especially if those sites present lower risk exposure or if they have extensive record keeping and contact tracing measures in place, or if they identify small, private locations – including smaller apartments or townhouses.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 was detected in wastewater samples from the following regional areas:

  • Aireys Inlet and Fairhaven – repeated unexpected discoveries. The interest period is September 7th to 15th.
  • Ballarat East – repeated unexpected discoveries in suburbs such as Ballarat East, Ballarat North, Bakery Hill, Black Hill, Brown Hill, Buninyong, Canadian, Eureka, Golden Point, Mt Clear, Mt Helen, Invermay Park, Wendouree, Lake Wendouree, and Warrenheip. The interest period is September 12th to 15th.
  • Moe area – including Moe, Newborough, Trafalgar, Yallourn, and Yarragon. The interest period is September 13-14.

The discoveries could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus, or the discoveries could be an undiscovered new case.

Anyone who lives, works, or has visited in the above areas are urged to be on the lookout for the mildest COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, see the wastewater testing page.


55,476 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday, including 2,079 tests in the Ballarat area.

Ballarat Health Services has opened an additional drive-through testing clinic on Federation University’s Mount Helen campus. The clinic is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enter via Gear or Bell avenues to access East Terrace.

Getting tested as soon as you have symptoms will help health officials identify new positive cases and provide adequate care for your family.

If you are concerned about losing money due to a lack of work, support is available – including paying $ 450 for test isolation. Please visit the Financial and Other Assistance for COVID-19 page for more information.

To find a COVID-19 testing site near you, visit the Where to Get Tested for COVID-19 page. The opening times and waiting times vary.

More information

To access the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Victoria, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria

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