VIC update: 90 new cases and 6 new deaths but concerns around low testing rates

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed 90 new COVID cases in his press briefing on Wednesday, up slightly from Tuesday’s total of 70.

There have been six more deaths, with five linked to outbreaks in aged care.

This includes five men in their 80s and one man in his 90s.

Victoria now has 2,215 active cases, with 1,177 linked to aged care.

The major Victorian aged care outbreaks include:

  • 214 cases linked to Epping Gardens Aged Care in Epping (no new cases since Tuesday)
  • 203 cases linked to St Basil’s Home for the Aged in Fawkner (no new cases since Tuesday)
  • 197 cases linked to BaptCare Wyndham Lodge Community in Werribee (4 new cases since Tuesday)
  • 161 cases linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Ardeer (no new cases since Tuesday)
  • 139 cases linked to Kirkbrae Presbyterian Homes in Kilsyth (no new cases since Tuesday)
  • 127 cases linked to Twin Parks Aged Care in Reservoir (3 new cases since Tuesday)
  • 123 cases linked to Cumberland Manor Aged Care Facility in Sunshine North (no new cases since Tuesday)
  • 116 cases linked to Japara Goonawarra Aged Care Facility in Sunbury (1 new case since Tuesday)
  • 115 cases linked to Outlook Gardens Aged Care Facility in Dandenong North (no new cases since Tuesday)
  • 114 cases linked to Estia Aged Care Facility in Heidelberg (no new cases since Tuesday)

Victoria has 406 people in hospital with COVID-19, and 18 in intensive care.

Concerns around testing rates

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton also appeared at the briefing, saying there was a degree of concern surrounding testing levels.

“We should really focus our efforts on trying to make sure that more than 50 per cent of people who have symptoms… are coming forward for testing,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

“That has got to be our priority”.

Testing on Wednesday stood at 13,912, up on Tuesday’s total of 10,153

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