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.


What’s new

Victoria was notified of 14,836 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

  • 8,539 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 6,297 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Of those who reported a positive result on a Rapid Antigen Test yesterday:

  • About 65 per cent were from tests undertaken yesterday, 24 January.
  • About 17 per cent were from tests undertaken on 23 January.
  • The remainder of the tests were undertaken over the previous five days.

There are 183,154 active cases in Victoria.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 29 deaths of people aged in their 30s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 12 of these deaths occurred during the last two days.


Get the Right Help for Your Recovery

Victorians who have mild COVID-19 symptoms are being encouraged to recover safely at home, with a new campaign launched to highlight the support available for those who are slightly unwell.

See more information at Helping Victorians Manage COVID-19 At Home and Managing COVID-19 at home.

Third dose vaccination blitz

We thank everyone who got their vaccine over the weekend during our successful four-day blitz. Between Friday and Monday, 104,480 Victorians got their vaccine through state-run centres. During the same Friday to Monday period the week earlier, take-up was 75,482.

The Royal Exhibition Building had its busiest weekend ever, with 3,392 doses administered on Sunday, which is twice the number of doses delivered across the whole state-run system on the same day 7 weeks ago.

1,300 doses were delivered each day at Frankston and 900 doses were delivered on each of Saturday and Sunday at La Trobe Uni – a significant increase from previous weeks. Dandenong Plaza also had a busy weekend, with more than double their usual numbers.

Child vaccinations update

From today, child vaccinations are on offer at the Royal Exhibition Building – with over 1,600 appointments available this morning.

There are 69,000 vaccination appointments currently available for children aged 5 to 11 over the next 30 days at our state-run centres, and more at GPs and pharmacies.

Book online at your nearest state vaccination centre before you go, or visit the clinic finder to book through a participating GP or pharmacy.

Rapid Antigen Test self-reporting

From 8:30pm to approximately 11:30pm on tonight (Tuesday 25 January), Victoria’s Rapid Antigen Test self-reporting system will undergo routine upgrade and maintenance work, and the online form and phone reporting service will not be active during these hours.

If you have a positive Rapid Antigen Test result to report, please isolate immediately and report it when the form and phone reporting service are back online.

If this means you have to report the result the following day, your isolation period won’t be extended – because you are required to isolate for 7 days following the date of your test, not the date you report.


5,495,540 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 27,908 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 4,347 of these doses were for children aged 5 to 11.

32.6 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.4 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.


30,726 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,740,372.­­

When you test positive on a PCR test, you will be sent a message from the Department asking you to fill out a short online form. Please fill out this form, because it helps us determine your care needs.

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


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 25 January 2022

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