Department of Health

Chief Health Officer Update - 21 October 2022


COVID-19 Weekly Data

There were 6,860 COVID-19 cases reported in Victoria this week, down 14.7 per cent on the previous week. The average daily number of new cases this week was 980.

The number of active cases in Victoria is 5,915, down from a peak of 71,428 recorded on 23 July.

The seven-day rolling average of patients with COVID-19 in Victorian hospitals is 143, a decrease of 3.4 per cent when compared to the same time last week. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalised in the BA.5 wave peaked at 906 on 20 July.

There are currently 7 COVID-19 patients and no cleared cases in intensive care. There are 3 COVID-19 patients on a ventilator. The seven-day rolling average of patients in intensive care in Victorian hospitals is 9.

In the past three months, 5,294 COVID-19 patients were hospitalised in Victoria. 44 per cent of these patients had not received their third vaccine dose. 1,571 (30 per cent) were unvaccinated, 56 had received one dose, 703 had two doses, 1,520 had received three doses and 1,444 had received four doses.

94.8 per cent of people aged 12 and over in Victoria have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 70 per cent of people aged 16 and over in Victoria have had their third dose.

Of Victorians aged 50 to 64 years, 79.8 per cent have had their third dose and 28 per cent have had their fourth dose. Of those aged over 65, 90.7 per cent have had their third dose and 66 per cent have had their fourth dose.

A total of 33 COVID-19 related deaths were reported to the Department in the past week. An average of 5 deaths were reported each day in the past week. This represents a 58.9 per cent decrease in the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the past month when compared to the previous month.

In the past three months, there have been 1,253 COVID-19 related deaths in Victoria. Of those deaths, 48.5 per cent had not received their third COVID-19 vaccine dose. 500 (39.9 per cent) were unvaccinated, 7 had received one dose, 101 had two doses, 254 had received three doses and 391 had received four doses.

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 5,798. The number of COVID-related deaths recorded in Victoria so far this year is 4,188.

COVID-19 epidemiological summary

The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Victoria has continued to decline, having now reached a low point amid relatively low levels of transmission. Similarly, the number of hosptilisations has also reached a low point, now at the lowest level recorded this year.

The number of COVID-related deaths continues to show a downward trend compared to last week, noting the reporting of deaths can lag several weeks.

Internationally, reported cases, hospitalisations and deaths are increasing in some regions, notably in Western Europe. These increases are not attributed to a single COVID-19 variant but rather many subvariants with similar immune and infection profiles acting together to cause a wave.

Victoria’s wastewater testing program is actively tracking emerging subvariants of international significance. And while some BA.5 sublineages have been detected in Victoria they are being detected at low levels.

Wastewater and genomic testing continue to show the BA.4/BA.5 Omicron sub-variants are currently the dominant strains in the Victoria.

It is important eligible Victorians remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations, get tested and stay home if unwell with COVID-19 symptoms, wear a good quality face mask if you are indoors in a public space or outside in a crowded space where you can’t physically distance and maintain good ventilation indoors.

Testing and treatment with COVID-19 medicines have been an important intervention that has likely contributed to our reduced number of hospitalisations and deaths. COVID-19 medicines are available if you test positive and people are encouraged to speak to their doctor about these treatments.

Floods impacting PCR testing sites

Heavy rains have impacted both metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria affecting the opening hours of some COVID-19 testing sites.

Please contact your nearest testing site directly to confirm current opening times. Testing site locations and contact information can be found at Get a COVID-19 testExternal Link .

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria websiteExternal Link or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on 1800 312 911. Callers will speak with Aboriginal staff who can answer questions about COVID-19 and direct them to relevant support services. The information line is open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

Reviewed 21 October 2022


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