By Alesha Capone
The number of coronavirus cases diagnosed among Wyndham residents has reached 51, the tenth-highest amount of cases recorded within Victoria’s municipalities.
In comparison, on Thursday there were 41 Wyndham residents who had been diagnosed with Covid-19.
The latest figures include 13 active cases of the virus in Wyndham residents (active cases are defined as someone who has tested positive, is currently in isolation and being monitored by the Department of Health and Human Services and who has not yet recovered.)
Only the municipality of Brimbank, which has 18 active cases of the virus, has recorded more active cases than Wyndham.
A Brooklyn meat-processing facility where a coronavirus cluster has been identified has now been linked to 85 cases of the coronavirus.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Victoria stands at 1509 – there have been 17 new cases since yesterday.
The total number of cases is made up of 799 men and 710 women, with people aged from babies to their early nineties.
There have been 164 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission. Currently eight people are in hospital, including four patients in intensive care. 1376 people have recovered.
Of the total 1509 cases, there have been 1247 in metropolitan Melbourne and 224 in regional Victoria. Several cases remain under investigation.
More than 258,000 tests have been taken to date, and many more swabs are still being processed as part of Victoria’s testing blitz.
The time it takes to complete a test is improving thanks to increased capacity but results generally take from 24 hours to three days from the time of testing to confirm the result. Fifteen laboratories are now analysing swabs – three public reference laboratories, nine public hospital laboratories and three private providers.
“Today’s increase in cases illustrates once again that while we have been flattening the curve, our battle against COVID-19 is far from over,” said Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton.
“Victorians have done a remarkable job so far sticking to the coronavirus restrictions and staying at home has saved lives. But now is not the time for complacency.
“Over the past two weeks we have tested more than 160,000 Victorians as part of a major testing blitz across the state, allowing us to gain a better picture of this virus and make informed decisions for Victoria.
“We are asking Victorians to continue this amazing effort and get tested if they have symptoms, because the more tests we do, the more data we have about the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.
“People with common symptoms of coronavirus including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell – however mild – are encouraged to get tested.