By Luke Voogt
Geelong has recorded six new COVID-19 cases amid Victoria’s deadliest day from the disease so far.
Greater Geelong had 29 active cases, 103 since the pandemic began, as of midnight yesterday, up on 23 the day before.
Colac Otway Shire cases almost doubled again in one day, with 43 (all active) as of midnight yesterday, up on 26 the previous day.
The Department of Health and Human Services has so far linked 43 cases to an outbreak at Australian Lamb Company’s abattoir in Colac.
Surf Coast cases remained level on four, while two people have recovered in the Golden Plains Shire, reducing its active cases to six.
Another seven Victorians have died from COVID-19, bringing the state’s death toll to 56.
These deaths include two men and two women aged in their 80s, and two men and one woman aged in their 90s.
Five of the deaths are linked to aged care facilities.
Victoria recorded 300 new cases yesterday with 20 reclassified – largely due to duplication – increasing the state total by 280 to 7405 as of midnight yesterday.
Of the new cases 51 are linked to outbreaks or complex cases, and 249 are under investigation.
Victoria has 3734 active cases with 1181 cases from unknown transmission.
Currently 206 Victorians are in hospital after contracting COVID-19 with 41 in intensive care, while 3450 people have recovered.
Of the total cases, 6825 are from metropolitan Melbourne, while 424 are from regional Victoria.
More than 1,437,200 tests have been processed to date.
Cases currently linked to public housing in North Melbourne, Flemington and Carlton are as follows:
296 cases are residents of various public housing towers in North Melbourne and Flemington.
61 cases are residents of various public housing towers in Carlton
Cases currently linked to other key outbreaks are as follows:
73 cases have been linked to St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner
68 cases have been linked to Estia Health in Ardeer
37 cases have been linked to Arcare Aged Care in Craigieburn
35 cases have been linked to Estia Health in Heidelberg
44 cases have been linked to Glendale Aged care facility in Werribee
20 cases have been linked to Regis Aged Care in Brighton
74 cases have been linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham
62 cases have been linked to JBS in Brooklyn
57 cases have been linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown
11 cases have been linked to Respite Services Australia in Moonee Ponds
9 cases have been linked to AMSSA in North Melbourne
6 cases have been linked to the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre
3 cases have been linked Diamond Valley Pork in Laverton North
3 cases linked to Sims Metal Management in Brooklyn
2 cases have been linked to Don KR Castlemaine
Cases have been linked to five new aged care facilities: Outlook Gardens aged care facility in Dandenong North; BlueCross Riverlea in Avondale Heights; Villa Maria Catholic Homes St Bernadette’s Aged Care Residence in Sunshine North; Fronditha Care in St Albans; and Japara Yarra West in Yarraville.
In education, cases have been identified at three new sites: Nino Early Learning in Bundoora; Impact English College in the city; and Tarneit Senior College.