Victoria was notified of 1,362 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired.
There are 10,887 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 117,544.
Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of seven deaths of people aged in their 70s, 80s and 90s.
The 10 Local Government areas with the highest number of new cases are Hume, Casey, Kingston, Wyndham, Brimbank, Whittlesea, Darebin, Glen Eira, Melbourne and Melton.
Domestic border permits ceased
The Acting Chief Health Officer has declared that from 6pm last night, the domestic travel permit system has ended.
This new direction has abolished the traffic light border scheme and has come into effect as Victoria hit its 90 per cent double dose vaccination target.
From today, Friday 26 November, the following workers (and volunteers and students on placement) who are leaving home for work are required to show evidence to their employer that they are fully vaccinated:
- Accommodation workers
- Agriculture and forestry workers
- Airport workers
- Ancillary, support and welfare workers
- Authorised officers
- Care workers
- Community workers
- Creative arts workers
- Custodial workers
- Emergency service workers
- Entertainment and function workers
- Funeral workers
- Higher education workers
- Justice service centre workers
- Marriage celebrants
- Manufacturing workers
- Meat and seafood processing workers
- Media and film production workers
- Mining workers
- Physical recreation workers
- Ports and freight workers
- Professional sports, high-performance sports or racing person
- Professional services workers
- Public sector employees
- Real estate workers
- Religious workers
- Repair and maintenance workers
- Retail workers (including workers at food & drink facilities; licenced premises)
- Science and technology workers
- Social and community service workers
- Transport workers
- Utilities and urban workers
- Veterinary and pet/animal care workers
These requirements already apply to the following workers:
- Workers in residential aged care facilities
- Workers at construction sites
The requirements will apply to the following workers from November 29:
- Workers at school, childcare and early education services (plus outside school hours care services)
The requirements will apply to the following workers from 15 December:
- Workers in healthcare settings
From 6pm last night, workers and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors at healthcare settings such as community health centres (including mental health, child and maternity, and drug and alcohol counselling services centres), general practices, COVID-19 related healthcare sites (including testing, vaccination and hotel quarantine facilities), health clinics (including medical specialist and allied health clinics), diagnostic and medical imaging centres, mobile health services or blood donation centres.
You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home, except in certain limited circumstances. It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.
Yesterday, 4,815 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,833,836.
93.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 90.2 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 .
73,419 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 14,921,427.
Advice for household contacts of a primary close contact
Information is available online for people who are household contacts of a primary close contact.
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 26 November 2021