Department of Health

Coronavirus update – 19 January 2022

19/01/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 1,173 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 93 active cases in ICU, including 42 on a ventilator, and 32 cleared cases in ICU.

5,341,913 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 22,121 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 5,144 of these doses were for children between ages 5 and 11.

26 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.3 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.

Victoria was notified of 20,769 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. This includes:

  • 10,043 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and who reported their result
  • 10,725 who returned a positive result on a PCR test

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

  • Approximately 62 per cent were from tests undertaken yesterday, 18 January.
  • Approximately 19 per cent were from tests undertaken 17 January.
  • With the remainder from tests undertaken over the previous five days.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 18 deaths of people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,737.

There are 253,827 active cases in Victoria.

49,838 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 18,522,171.

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.

Updates

Vaccination blitz and updated dose interval

Victorians can bring forward their third COVID-19 vaccine dose, with the recommended minimum dose interval between second and third doses at state-run vaccination centres reducing to three months.

As part of a third dose vaccination blitz, hours have been extended at major state-run vaccination hubs. More than 60,000 appointments have been added and walk-up capacity increased.

For more information, visit Victoria Reduces Third Dose Interval Ahead Of Vax Blitz

Exemptions to isolation requirements for critical workers

A range of critical workers in emergency services, education, critical utilities, custodial facilities, transport and freight have joined workers in the food distribution sector and healthcare workers as being potentially eligible for an exemption from quarantine as close contacts of people diagnosed with COVID-19.

For more information, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/checklist-contacts

To access the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Victoria, visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria website or call the 24-hour 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

Reviewed 19 January 2022

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