Coronavirus replace for Victoria – Saturday October 17, 2021

Victoria was informed of 1,838 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired cases.

There are 23,376 active cases in Victoria.

There are 777 COVID-19 cases in the Victoria hospital. 151 of these cases are in the intensive care unit, 94 of them on a ventilator.

Unfortunately, seven deaths were reported to the department yesterday:

  • a man in his 80s from Mornington Peninsula
  • a man in the 80s from Darebin
  • a woman in her 80s from Whittlesea
  • a man in his 50s, a woman in his 60s, a man in his 70s and a man in his 80s, all from Hume

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic started to 963.

The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the pandemic began is 65,605.


Thanks to the incredible efforts of the Victorian people, the lockdown (and curfew) will be lifted in restricted areas across Victoria on Thursday, October 21st at 11:59 p.m.

For more information on eased restrictions in the Melbourne metropolitan area and Victoria area as of this date, see Victorian’s Hard Work Means Achieving Goals Ahead or Victoria’s Roadmap.

For information on current restrictions in the Melbourne Metropolitan Area, see How we live: metropolitan Melbourne and Mildura Rural City Council.


Yesterday, 38,977 doses of vaccine were administered by the Victoria government agency.

The total number of doses administered by government services is 4,164,736.

89 percent of Victorians 16 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 65.5 percent have received two doses. This excludes the latest Commonwealth data.

New community pop-up vaccination sites are opening this week, offering walk-ups in the following locations:

  • Victorian Pride Center, St. Kilda
  • Queerspace, Drummond Street, Carlton
  • Senior Center Oststausee
  • Our Lady Guardian of Plants Chaldean Catholic Church, Campbellfield
  • Kingsbury Bowling Club
  • Craigieburn Sports Stadium
  • Fawkner Community House
  • Sacred Heart Mission, St. Kilda
  • EVERY building, Yarra Junction
  • Bunjil Square, Fool Warren

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination through their local family doctor or community pharmacy, community health service, or state vaccination center. To find a GP or pharmacy and make a booking, visit the Australian Department of Health’s website.


Of the 1,838 locally acquired cases reported yesterday, the following metropolitan areas in the Greater Melbourne area had more than one newly diagnosed case:

  • 23 cases in Banyule
  • 13 cases in Bayside
  • 18 cases in Boroondara
  • 102 cases in Brimbank
  • 41 cases in Cardinia
  • 251 cases in Casey
  • 33 cases in Darebin
  • 34 cases in Frankston
  • 18 cases in Glen Eira
  • 145 cases in the greater Dandenong area
  • 24 cases in Hobsons Bay
  • 161 cases in Hume
  • 29 cases in Kingston
  • 20 cases in Knox
  • 17 cases in Manningham
  • 20 cases in Maribyrnong
  • 15 cases in Maroondah
  • 45 cases in Melbourne
  • 128 cases in Melton
  • 39 cases in Monash
  • 22 falls in the Moonee Valley
  • 56 cases in Moreland
  • 15 cases on the Mornington Peninsula
  • 13 cases in Nillumbik
  • 45 cases in Port Phillip
  • 12 cases in Stonnington
  • 11 cases in Whitehorse
  • 138 cases in Whittlesea
  • 186 cases in Wyndham
  • 25 cases in Yarra
  • 20 cases in Yarra Ranges

There were 449 new cases in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, 527 new cases in the western suburbs, 612 cases in the southeast suburbs and 101 cases in the eastern suburbs.

142 new cases were also reported in the Victoria area yesterday. The total number of active cases in the Victoria area stands at 1,604. New cases in the Victoria area yesterday were:

  • 4 cases in Ballarat
  • 1 case in Bass Coast
  • 19 houses in Baw Baw
  • 1 case in Campaspe
  • 1 case in Colac-Otway
  • 1 case in Corangamite
  • 2 cases in East Gippsland
  • 9 cases in the greater Bendigo area
  • 19 cases in the greater Geelong area
  • 33 cases in Greater Shepparton
  • 6 cases in Latrobe
  • 4 cases in Macedon Ranges
  • 12 cases in Mildura
  • 12 cases in Mitchell
  • 2 cases in Moira
  • 2 cases in Moorabol
  • 3 cases in Murrindindi
  • 1 case in southern Gippsland
  • 3 suitcases in Strathbogie
  • 1 case in Surf Coast
  • 2 cases in Swan Hill
  • 1 case in Towong
  • 1 case in Wangaratta
  • 1 case in Wellington
  • 1 case in Wodonga

Data on Victorian coronavirus cases are available under Victorian COVID-19 data.

There are currently more than 60,100 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

At noon today there were around 130 published exposure sites in Victoria.

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

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.

The Commonwealth Government publishes a Common Operating Picture weekly that contains the effective reproduction number for all states and territories. Further information can be found in the general operating picture of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Wastewater testing

COVID-19 virus fragments were detected in wastewater samples from the following regional areas:

  • Yarrawonga – unexpected discovery for the period October 12-14.
  • Mallacoota – repeated unexpected discoveries for the period October 5-13.
  • Lakes Entrance – repeated unexpected discoveries for the period October 6-15.
  • Cobram – repeated unexpected discoveries for the period beginning September 29th.
  • Apollo Bay – repeated unexpected discoveries for the period September 28th – October 8th.

The discoveries could be one or more undiscovered new cases, or 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, 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 wastewater testing.


73,501 COVID-19 tests were processed in Victoria.

If you are concerned about losing money by missing out on a job to get a test, support is available – including paying $ 450 for test isolation. For more information, see Financial Aid.

To find a COVID-19 testing site near you, visit Where to Get Tested. 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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