Department of Health
This Chief Health Officer update is intended to provide clinicians and the Victorian public with information about the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria as well as relevant public health response activities. Chief Health Officer Alerts will continue to be issued when there are changes to the public health advice related to COVID-19.

2/12/2021

What’s new

Victoria was notified of 1,419 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All the new cases were locally acquired except for one case that was acquired overseas.

There are 12,728 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 124,299.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 10 deaths of people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

The 10 Local Government areas with the highest number of new cases are Casey, Hume, Brimbank, Melton, Whittlesea, Wyndham, Kingston, Manningham, Boroondara and Moreland.

Updates

Omicron variant of concern

Victoria is maintaining enhanced quarantine arrangements for overseas arrivals to protect the state from the new Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern until more is known about the strain.

There are currently no known cases of the Omicron variant in Victoria.

The Seychelles is no longer a country of concern.

For more information about quarantine arrangement, please see Proportionate steps to protect Victorians from Omicron.

Vaccines

Yesterday, 4,019 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,855,893.

93.9 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91.1 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

Victorians are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccination through their local GP or community pharmacy, community health service or state vaccination centre. To find a GP or pharmacy provider and make a booking, visit the Australian Government Department of Health website.

Testing

70,343 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 15,270,299.

Advice for cases and contacts

Helpful information is available online for cases and household, social, workplace, education and other contacts.

See the checklists and recommend them to your patients.

General advice

COVID-19 symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath and loss or change in sense of smell or taste. If you are experiencing symptoms, wear a fitted face mask when you get tested.

The Department publishes expected wait times at testing sites as well as updated information about locations and hours of operation at Where to get tested.

For more information call the 24-hour Coronavirus Hotline at 1800 675 398 or visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria.

Current advice to clinicians

Notifications to the department of a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 can be done online. You can submit an online form to our public health team, rather than calling us, saving you time and resolving your case load more efficiently.

COVID-19 testing criteria

Practitioners should test any patients who meet the clinical criteria below:

  • Fever OR chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the clinical presentation* OR
  • Acute respiratory infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or changes in sense of smell or taste)
  • Note: testing is also recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID-19** AND who are from the following cohorts: close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19; those who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days; or those who are healthcare or aged care workers. Testing is recommended for those cohorts with onset of other clinical symptoms**. Asymptomatic testing is not recommended at this stage except for targeted programs.
  • *Clinical discretion applies including consideration of the potential for co-infection (e.g. concurrent infection with SARS-CoV-2 and influenza)
  • **headache, myalgia, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.

Clinical information

Online resources

Mental health resources

  • Many Victorians are feeling fatigued, isolated or lonely. If you need support for your mental health there are mental health resources you can access.
  • If Victorians are not safe at home, they can seek help and support at an Orange Door or other family violence support service. If you or someone you know is at risk or experiencing family violence, call 000 in an emergency or Safe Steps 24/7 crisis service on 1800 015 188.
  • The Partners in Wellbeing helpline (1300 375 330) is able to provide phone support to any Victorian who has been impacted by COVID-19 aged 16 and up, including from people who identify as LGBTIQA+, multicultural, Veterans, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and international students. This free and confidential service also provides specialist support for small businesses which includes business advisory and financial counselling.

Consumer information

Contacts

Medical practitioners needing clinical information or to notify confirmed cases can contact the Department of Health Communicable Diseases Section on 1300 651 160 (24 hours).

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Reviewed 02 December 2021

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