Victoria has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases overnight with another four people losing their lives.
Two of the state’s new cases were linked to Estia Keilor aged care and Edenvale Manor aged care, while the other two were connected to the Butcher Club at Chadstone.
The remaining nine infections remain under investigation.
Of today’s 13 new cases, there are three cases in Melton, two cases in Monash, Moonee Valley and Stonnington and single cases in Boroondara, Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Whitehorse.
The four fatalities included one woman in her 70s, one woman in her 80s, one woman in her 90s and one man in his 90s. One death occurred prior to yesterday.
The state’s death toll has risen to 798 lives lost.
Metropolitan Melbourne’s rolling 14-day average has dropped to 16.4 and regional Victoria’s to 0.3.
There are 44 Victorians in hospital, including six patients in intensive care.
Regional Victoria recorded no new cases today.
Premier Daniel Andrews today said the strategy was “absolutely working”.
“It’s important to focus on that 14-day trend,” he said.
“Whilst 16.4 cases – the trend is with us, it is not still low enough to take those big steps. We are on track and all things being equal, we will be able to take a significant step in just three weeks’ time.”
Workers in high-risk industries will be asked to participate in a new Surveillance Testing Program in a bid to stamp out any new coronavirus outbreaks, Mr Andrews announced.
The new program aims to test 25 per cent of staff in a high-risk workplace each week, beginning with the food production sector.
All medium and large employers in the meat poultry, seafood processing and supermarket and refrigerated distribution sectors will be asked to ensure a quarter of their staff are tested every week.
Wastewater tracing finds coronavirus fragments in Anglesea
Coronavirus fragments have been found in wastewater at Victorian coastal town Anglesea.
An active testing centre has been set up in the area, with anyone feeling unwell urged to come forward and get tested.
“We detected some fragments of coronavirus in Anglesea yesterday,” Department of Health and Human Services testing commander Jeroen Weimar said.
“So finding some positive fragments in the wastewater is a cause for concern for us.”
The detection means either someone in Anglesea has coronavirus or someone passing through was positive. The coastal town has no known active cases of coronavirus.
Chadstone Shopping Centre added to high-risk locations
Two household contacts linked to The Butcher Club in Chadstone are among the state’s new COVID-19 cases.
A positive staff member who worked at the store attended a number of locations inside Chadstone Shopping Centre.
DHHS has added the shopping centre to its high-risk locations – including the Fresh Food Precinct from September 23-26 6am-6pm, The Butcher Club and Coles Chadstone on September 27.
Victoria’s latest coronavirus outbreaks
Active aged care outbreaks with the highest active case numbers:
• Estia Aged Care Facility Keilor: 33 (46 total)
• Opal Hobsons Bay Aged Care Facility Altona North: 21 (total cases: 45)
• Embracia Moonee Valley Aged Care Facility: 19 (total cases: 80)
• Edenvale Manor Aged Care Facility Keilor East: 14 (total cases: 23)
• Baptcare Wyndham Lodge Community Werribee: 12 (total cases: 260)
• Doutta Galla Aged Services Woornack: 7 (total cases: 60)
• Mercy Place Parkville Aged Care Facility: 7 (total cases: 104)
• Twin Parks Aged Care Reservoir: 4 (total cases: 127)
• Churches of Christ Care Arcadia Aged Care Essendon: 4 (total cases: 22)
• Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility: 3 (total cases: 220)
Non-aged care outbreaks with the highest number of active cases:
• 8 active cases are currently linked to the Casey community outbreak (total cases: 45)
• 5 active cases are currently linked to the Springvale shared accommodation outbreak (total cases: 5)
• 4 active cases are currently linked to Alfred Hospital (total cases: 11)
• 3 active cases are currently linked to Footscray Hospital (total cases: 20)