Victoria was notified of 1,312 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired.
There are 11,331 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 131,325.
Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of five deaths of people aged in their 80s and 90s.
The 10 Local Government areas with the highest number of new cases are Hume, Brimbank, Casey, Whittlesea, Melton, Kingston, Moreland, Monash, Wyndham and Boroondara.
Confirmed Omicron Case in Hotel Quarantine
Following whole genomic sequencing, the case in Hotel Quarantine reported yesterday has been confirmed as having the Omicron variant.
Cases Under Investigation in the Community
The Department of Health is leading a strong outbreak response into the following likely Omicron cases recently detected in the community.
Two cases have returned results with S gene dropout - a signature of the Omicron variant.
Cases have been identified in the cities of Casey and Brimbank. Household contacts of these cases have also tested positive and whole genome sequencing is underway to confirm whether these represent the Omicron variant.
None of these cases are linked to international travel and their source of acquisition is under investigation.
The Department has interviewed the cases and is taking a conservative approach to the designation of their contacts, including in non-household settings.
A number of contacts have been identified and instructed to quarantine for 14 days. Other people of lower risk have been instructed to get a test and isolate until they receive a negative result. Further contact tracing work is ongoing and is likely to produce more contacts.
As was previously announced before the emergence of the Omicron variant, most people who come into contact with a confirmed case outside their home won’t have to self-quarantine, but “the Department of Health will continue to manage emerging outbreaks of concern and ‘superspreader events’ and can impose a quarantine period on contacts on a case-by-case basis, depending on evidence.”
If you are contacted by the Department with special advice – or you receive an SMS advice to get tested or quarantine after visiting a high-risk venue – you are required to follow this advice.
Should genomic sequencing results indicate a case does not have the Omicron variant, the Department may retract close contact advice and provide updated advice to contacts. If you are in this situation, please await direct advice from the Department.
All Victorians can play their part in reducing the spread of Omicron – or any other variant – by getting tested the moment they notice symptoms or as soon as they are told they are a contact, and practicing COVIDSafe behaviours such as wearing masks and checking in.
Yesterday, 3,858 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,875,887.
94.1 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91.6 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 .
79,490 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 15,654,591.
Advice for cases and contacts
Helpful information is available online for cases and household, social, workplace, education and other contacts.
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.
Current advice to clinicians
Notifications to the department of a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 can be done online. You can 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.
- Locations of respiratory assessment clinics and testing sites are available .
- Find out the latest information about visiting and .
- sets out the very latest in our understanding of COVID-19 and how it can spread within healthcare settings -both hospitals and aged-care facilities.
- An resource hub is now online, and includes a new factsheet on protective eyewear and the Updated information for health care workers is available online on the .
- New have been published on the Department of Health's website in Aged Care Resources. These posters will help staff follow infection prevention control procedures for personal protective equipment (PPE) in each of the different types of zones -green, yellow, amber and red.
Mental health resources
- Many Victorians are feeling fatigued, isolated or lonely. If you need support for your mental health there are you can access.
- If Victorians are not safe at home, they can seek help and support at an 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 .
- The helpline () 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.
Keep informed of emergencies affecting the health sector and critical public health issues impacting your work by to the Chief Health Officer Updates and follow the Victorian Chief Health Officer on .
Reviewed 08 December 2021