Active cases in Victoria drops below 1,000 for the first time in over two months

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Victoria recorded 42 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths on Wednesday.

All of the deaths have been linked to outbreaks in aged care facilities. They include four men and two women in their 80s, and two men in their 90s.

This brings the state’s death toll to 737.

There are now 991 active cases of COVID-19 in Victoria, the first time since July 9 the number of active cases has been below 1,000. Of these, 497 are linked to aged care, or 50%.

This time last month, the state has 7,671 active cases and 2,075 linked to aged care (27%).

The major aged care outbreaks include:

  • 251 cases linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee (1 new cases since Tuesday)
  • 219 cases linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping (no new cases since Monday)
  • 213 cases linked to St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner (no new cases since Monday)
  • 166 cases linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer (no new cases since Monday)
  • 139 cases linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth (no new cases since Monday)
  • 130 cases have been linked to BlueCross Ruckers Hill Aged Care Facility in Northcote (1 new cases since Tuesday)
  • 127 cases linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir (no new cases since Monday)
  • 124 cases linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North (no new cases since Monday last week)
  • 120 cases linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury (no new cases since Monday)
  • 119 cases linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg (no new cases since Monday)

There were 107 Victorians in hospital, 11 in ICU and six on a ventilator.

Melbourne’s 14-day case average dropped below 50, sitting at 49.6, and the 14-day case average for regional case is now 3.5, down from 3.6 the day before.

In order for Melbourne to progress to the second step of the restrictions roadmap on September 28, the 14-day average must remain between 30 and 50 cases per day.