11,369 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 7,421 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and 3,948 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.
Sadly, the Department was notified of 9 deaths yesterday in people aged in their 70s, 80s and 90s.
There are 67,790 active cases in Victoria.
6,243,534 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 2,095 administered yesterday at state-run centres.
67.4 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.6 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.
18,277 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 20,993,232.
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**.
- *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.
If a symptomatic patient that presents for testing, confirms exposure to a known COVID-19 case within the past 14 days, and the outbreak definition is met, the test sample is to be treated as an ‘outbreak sample’.
- 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 27 May 2022