COVID-19 Current Health Directions and Advice From The Department of Health

Victoria was notified of 73 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All were locally acquired cases. There are 805 active cases in Victoria – 800 locally acquired and five overseas acquired cases. There are 49 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 15 cases are in intensive care and 11 cases are on ventilators. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 21,996.


Of today’s 73 local cases, 52 cases have been linked to existing cases or known outbreaks:

  • 9 are linked to the Shepparton outbreak
  • 5 to MyCentre Childcare
  • 5 to Al-Taqwa College
  • 3 to the City of Hobsons Bay outbreak
  • 2 to Glenroy West Primary School
  • 2 linked to Sunshine Hospital ED
  • 2 linked to Chemist Warehouse Hoppers Crossing
  • 1 linked to the RMH outbreak
  • 1 to the East St Kilda community outbreak
  • 1 to Barkly Square in Brunswick
  • 1 to CS Square in Caroline Springs
  • and 20 cases linked to existing cases without a known acquisition source. The acquisition source of 21 new cases is still under investigation. At least 24 cases have been in isolation for the duration of their infectious period. Locations of new locally-acquired cases:
  • 1 in Banyule   2 in Boroondara  7 in Brimbank  3 in Darebin  2 in Dandenong  9 in Shepparton 15 in Hobsons Bay
  • 8 in Hume  2 in Melbourne 1 in Monash 3 in Moreland 3 in Port Phillip 2 in Whittlesea 14 in Wyndham 1 in Yarra
  • Of Victoria’s active cases:
    • 170 are aged between 0 and 9
    • 124 are aged between 10 and 19
    • 167 are aged between 20 and 29
    • 150 are aged between 30 and 39
    • There are currently more than 16,300 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria and more than 20,700 secondary close contacts. At midday today, there were more than 930 exposure sites in Victoria.

What is a Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a form of coronavirus. Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).


Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly. People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • respiratory symptoms
    • coughing
    • sore throat
    • shortness of breath.

Other symptoms can include runny nose, acute blocked nose (congestion), headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

To stop the spread of COVID-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should get tested.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many of the members of the community with whom we work. We recognize that the current situation impacts on the health and wellbeing of us all. Our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the frontline and emergency personnel performing challenging roles in the name of public health.

In this constantly evolving environment, we have adapted the way we do this, all the while keeping our vision for to make a difference by offering high quality and inclusive cultural appropriate support services to African Australian community from refugee and migrants backgrounds.

Our participants, staff and volunteers remain our priority. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we stay connected to the people we’re here to serve. In order to do this safely, many of our support services are now being delivered remotely, including those run by Support After emergency relief packages, The COVID-19 Health advice, COVID-19 Vaccine rollout, COVID Safe Plan, VACAP Employment Broker to support African Australian Jobseekers,  Education Support for tutoring primary and secondary school children, counselling sessions through Mental Health education and information sessions and support, Family violence education and information sessions and support.

The operating hours of some of our programs may have been impacted. Please contact programs directly to obtain the latest information and hours. Contact details for all program areas can be found here:

In line with current recommendations from the relevant health authorities, staff are working remotely, where possible. These staff members are accessible via e-mail and mobile phone. If you are trying to make direct contact with a particular staff member, contact us on the details above to be transferred. In situations where staff provide face to face support, social distancing protocols have been put in place to protect the safety of our staff and participants. We continue to will keep you updated on our activities and evolving work as the situation unfolds. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for further news. As always, thank you for your support.


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Please help Somali Women Development Association Inc. to continue providing casework, counselling, mentoring, settlement programs including education, support for young people and adult, employment to support long term unemployment African young people and women, community development services and referral services, advocacy, women empowerment, youth leadership, family violence support, homelessness, mental health support programs, community participation such as social support groups, community festivals, events, forums, consultations and more.

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