Live: Regional Victoria drops just below 5 average daily cases, meeting one roadmap milestone

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The average daily case number for regional Victoria has dropped below 5, which is one of the criteria to be met before the state can progress to the third step of eased restrictions on the DHHS roadmap.

However, there are further criteria which the regions have yet to meet and progressing to the third step is subject to public health advice.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says no new coronavirus cases have been recorded in regional Victoria overnight, but urged people to continue getting tested if they had symptoms.

Look back at how Tuesday unfolded on the COVID-19 live blog.

Key events

Live updates

9hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 9:44am

By Nicholas McElroy

That’s all from the blog tonight


Which means we’re another day closer to restrictions easing wherever you might be. 


Take care of yourself. The blog will return tomorrow morning. 

9hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 9:41am

By Nicholas McElroy

Situation at a glance for September 8, 2020

  • More than 27.3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 892,443 deaths have been reported across approximately 219 countries and regions.


  • 26,374 confirmed cases in Australia and 770 deaths.


  • There have been eight new deaths from COVID19 reported since yesterday, all in Victoria. Five of these deaths occurred prior to yesterday. These include two men in their 60s, two men in their 80s, one woman in her 90s, and three men in their 90s. Six of today’s eight deaths are linked to known outbreaks in aged care facilities.


  • Over 6.7 million tests have been conducted for COVID-19 in Australia.
9hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 9:38am

By Nicholas McElroy

From one Melburnian to another, we can do this! I believe in us 😊

-Melbourne is Strong


What about a Julie Andrews/Sound of Music GIF -Goodbye Farewell, it’s Time for me to Go




Staffie GIF pleaseeeeeeee!

-Staffie Mum


9hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 9:30am

By Nicholas McElroy

NSW and QLd seem to post times and locations where people may have come in contact with COVID 19. Does Victoria do that?



9hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 9:22am

By Nicholas McElroy

Please, please, please link me to yesterday before you go. I’ve asked a few times today but no one will help me.

-Missed it


For the hardcore readers who want to read Monday’s blog on Tuesday night.
10hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 9:07am

By Nicholas McElroy

WA nurse sent to Victoria contracts coronavirus as five others enter quarantine in Melbourne


Four Corners


Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) state secretary Mark Olson said the woman was working in aged care with five other WA nurses, who had now been deemed close contacts.

“At this stage they’ve been told they’ll have to quarantine for two weeks in Melbourne,” he said.

“Then they’ll face a further two weeks of quarantine back in Perth.

“The nurses were told when they left Perth [that] were they to contract COVID-19 they’d be brought back to serve out their quarantine in WA.”

By David Weber

10hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 9:04am

By Nicholas McElroy

The final countdown


Need a gif to thank the blog – whatever pleases you Nic.



Get your questions, comments, limericks and GIF requests in before the blog closes in about an hour. 

10hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 8:54am

By Nicholas McElroy

Can you post a cockatoo GIF?

-finding GIFs


10hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 8:46am

By Nicholas McElroy

Police investigate illegal gathering as COVID-19 spreads through Colac for second time



By Matt Neal

10hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 8:38am

By Nicholas McElroy

When is it time for themed limericks? 


One from the audience: 


Surely it’s time for some themed limericks?? Here’s one to get going:

While the new Covid figures remain double

I think I am in some trouble

I don’t like being single

I wish I could mingle

But I’m stuck in my own Melbourne bubble

-Rhyming Slang

10hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 8:35am

By Nicholas McElroy

Queensland waives travel restrictions for NSW and ACT school boarders


ABC News


By David Chen and staff

10hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 8:27am

By Nicholas McElroy

The race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine gains pace with trials underway on older Australians

ABC News



By Hannah Sinclair

10hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 8:17am

By Nicholas McElroy

Victorian hotels inquiry told of cleaning failure 


The inquiry into quarantine breaches in Victoria has heard that proper cleaning failed to be done at the Rydges Hotel, despite a number of COVID-19 cases being detected at the site.

The inquiry has heard that over several days in late May it was clear there was a risk of contamination from surfaces and other areas because of the movement of security, health and other staff in and out of the hotel.

Health Department’s medical advisor Simon Croucher, told the inquiry, after six cases were found a full clean was ordered.

But he added those orders were not carried out satisfactorily.


“While it’s fair to say there was a risk of environmental contamination. It isn’t fair to suggest that the environmental contamination was constant and ongoing through the entire period,” he said.

11hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 8:01am

By Nicholas McElroy

Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner west closed to visitors until Friday

Health authorities say Concord Hospital in Sydney’s inner west will be be closed to all visitors for the next three days after more health workers tested positive for coronavirus.

The two health workers did shifts in Concord Hospital’s emergency department and take to seven the number of cases connected to the cluster from Concord and Liverpool hospitals.


Investigations into the source of the infections is in ongoing.


Concord hospital says visitors are banned from tomorrow until Friday to enable the deep cleaning of all hospital wards.


In a statement NSW health says there’s no evidence of any ongoing risk in the hospital and patients will receive the medical attention they need.


It says it’s making arrangements for patients and visitors to connect with loved ones by phone or video calls.

By Jean Kennedy

11hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 7:47am

By Nicholas McElroy

Queensland contact tracing alerts


Not sure if it’s been mentioned but there’s an updated list of places where covid positive people have visited in QLD. Please help stop the spread 🙏



Thanks for the heads up Ariella. 



11hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 7:41am

By Nicholas McElroy

Steps for COVID-19 restrictions easing in Regional Victoria


How many days has it been since Regional Victoria had a COVID-19 case with an unknown source?



That’s the obvious next questions to ask. I don’t have an answer at my fingertips just yet. 


11hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 7:32am

By Nicholas McElroy

In support of making your bed of a morning

Look, people may scoff at the advice to make your bed each morning, but as Mel Robbins explains “completing one small promise to yourself each morning sets you up for a better day”.I’ve followed this advice throughout the pandemic and even on the most dull days, I feel that I’ve had a small win and it perks me up to complete more.

-Bed-maker Superfan

I think Dr Nick refers to Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven – great read

-Book worm

Dr. Coatworth is right you know… nary a day goes by that I don’t make my bed. It closes off the ‘Sleep’ chapter to allow me to open the ‘Laze’ chapter in front of the TV.



I think it’s reasonable that the CMO asks us to set reasonable goals and schedules when our day to day routines have been completely upturned- its definitely a healthy coping mechanism.

-Just chillin’


11hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 7:14am

By Nicholas McElroy

Some comments on Dr Coatworth’s mental health advice


I can’t believe the deputy CMO just told me to make my bed as a way of coping with lockdown.

-Thanks bud

Did Dr Nick actually just say the best thing for our mental health is to make our bed each day?I would have said being allowed to go outside and see friends would have been a bigger boost.


‘Make your bed’ ‘stay connected’ and ‘hobbies’ ? That’s the plan to tackle the mental health crisis happening right now? How about some solid steps to provide some relief to those who have existing mental health issues and those hit hardest by this virus? If I get tested and can prove I don’t have this virus then let me go and see my family. It’s disgusting that mental health is not getting the same recognition as physical health in this pandemic.



Here’s what Dr Coatsworth said, among other things, while urging Victorians to look after their mental health: 


“Set yourself achievable goals. One of the simplest things you can do in the morning, and this was said to me once a leadership seminar by someone who is a very good leader is make your bed. It sounds so simple but if you get into some structure and routine for the next two weeks while the restrictions are still in place.”

12hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 6:56am

By Nicholas McElroy

Key Event

Benchmarks for Regional Victoria moving to Step 3


So . . . Regional Victoria has now reached the benchmark for step 3. Does that mean we’re in step 3? Or is it 14 days after September 13? Or what?

-How does this work?

If Regional Victoria’s average daily case number is 4.9, why aren’t they easing restrictions?

-Regional Vic



The 14 day ave is Regional Vic is now below 5 new cases. Do we jump to Step 3 .



When can regional Victoria move to stage 3? The 14 day average is less than 5. I’m keen beans to see some family I haven’t seen all year.

-Ready to see my family

The average daily cases for Regional Victoria has dropped below 5, which is one of two thresholds that must be met before the state can progress to Stage 3 on the DHHS roadmap. 

The other criteria which needs to be met is there must be zero COVID-19 cases in Regional Victoria with an unknown source in the past 14 days. 


If you need it, here is a reminder of the roadmap set by the Victorian Government 

From September 14 Regional Victorians can:


  • Only leave home for 4 reasons: school or work (if these can not be done from home), care or caregiving, to purchase essentials, exercise
  • Public gatherings: up to 5 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors for social interaction (infants under 12 months of age are not included in the cap) 
  • Visitors to the home: “Single person bubble” 1 nominated visitor if living alone/single parent (all children under 18) 
  • Childcare is open to all children
  • Schools return to onsite learning from Term 4 with safety measures
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation allowed
  • Restaurants and cafes open for takeaway and delivery only
  • Retail: open, with density and other restrictions, hairdressing open

Regional Victoria can then move to the Third Step when:

  • Daily average number of cases in the last 14 days in Regional Victoria is less than 5
  • And there are 0 cases in Regional Victoria with an unknown source in the last 14 days

However this step is subject to public health advice.

12hours agoTuesday 8 September 2020 at 6:35am

By Nicholas McElroy

Outbreaks with the highest number of active cases include

 –     18 active cases are currently linked to Frankston Hospital
 –     12 active cases are currently linked to Vawdrey Australia Truck Manufacturer
 –     15 active cases are currently linked to Bulla Dairy Foods in Colac
 –     13 active cases are currently linked to Dandenong Police Station

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