Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria - 1 August 2022

01/08/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 773 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 40 active cases in ICU, including 6 on a ventilator, and an additional 10 cleared cases in ICU.

6,321,754 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

69.2 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had 2 doses.

7,678 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 5,991 who tested positive on a rapid antigen test and 1,687 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 3 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 70s and 90s. The total number of COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 4,661. The number of COVID-related deaths recording in Victoria so far this year is 3,050.

The Victorian Department of Health regularly undertakes reviews and audits of the State’s reported deaths to ensure the accuracy of our COVID-19 mortality figures.

The Victorian Department of Health is formally notified of deaths of people known to have COVID-19 via a number of different sources, including the Victorian Death Index, VICNISS (Victorian Hospital Acquired Infection Surveillance System), the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and local public health units. The department updates its confirmed death statistics daily.

There are 61,077 active cases in Victoria.

10,612 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,854,978.

Updates

Omicron BA.4/BA.5 sub-variants still dominant in Victoria

The most recent wastewater testing results show Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants remain the dominant strains in Victoria.

The BA.4/BA.5 sub-variants were detected in 89 per cent of clinical genomic samples in the two weeks to 28 July and in 87 per cent of all wastewater detections to 21 July.

Treatments and vaccination

The eligibility criteria for COVID medicines have been recently broadened. More information can be found at COVID-19 treatments and at COVID-19 Medicines.

Eligibility for winter booster doses has also been broadened, and this remains the most important protection against becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19. To find a vaccination provider near you, use the Australian Government’s Vaccine Clinic Finder.

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 information line is open from 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.

Reviewed 01 August 2022

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