Geelong’s active cases drop to one

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By Luke Voogt

Geelong now has a single active COVID-19 case after the Department of Health and Human Services revised the figure from two today.

Greater Geelong had one active case as of midnight yesterday, with 68 in total since the pandemic began, according to the department.

The Independent has contacted the department, which has yet to confirm whether one case has recovered or if the figure was revised for another reason.

The decrease comes as cases rose by 65 state-wide, bringing the Victorian total to 2368 with 442 cases currently active.

In total 66 new cases were reported, with 17 linked to outbreaks, 20 identified through routine testing and 28 still under investigation.

One new case was a returned traveller in hotel quarantine while one was reclassified to bring the total to 65, according the department.

Currently, 23 people are hospital, including six patients in intensive care, and 1904 people have recovered, after contracting coronavirus.

Twenty Victorians have died from COVID-19 so far.

In Victoria 363 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been acquired through unknown transmission.

Of the total 2368 cases, 2022 have occurred in metropolitan Melbourne and 255 in regional Victoria.

Yesterday was the 17th consecutive day of double-digit increases in Victoria, according to the department.

State government this week announced targeted restrictions until July 29 for Melbourne postcodes 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060 and 3064.

More than 300,000 people living in these postcodes can only leave home to buy food and supplies, medical care and care-giving, exercise and study or work.

People living outside these postcodes may only enter them for the same four reasons.


Of the new cases linked to outbreaks:

Three cases are linked to the Roxburgh Park family outbreak, bringing the total to 23.

Five cases are linked to Al-Taqwa College, bringing the total to 23.

One case is a student linked to Albanvale Primary School, bringing the total to 15.

Three cases are linked to the Stamford Plaza outbreak – two close contacts of a known case and one contracted security guard member who was already in quarantine – bringing the total to 35.

One case is related to the Orygen Youth outbreak which now includes two healthcare workers and a close contact.

One case is a childcare worker at Villa Bambini Essendon, bringing the total to three.

A new outbreak has been identified in North Melbourne, with one new case notified overnight.

Through contact tracing, ten cases have now been linked to this outbreak, with multiple households involved.

A new outbreak has been linked to the Northern Hospital emergency department with two healthcare workers confirmed as positive cases.

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