Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 1 January 2022

There are 451 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 51 active cases in ICU, with 21 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 47 cleared cases in ICU.


COVID-19 Data

There are 451 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 51 active cases in ICU, with 21 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 47 cleared cases in ICU.

5,035,600 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 2,731 administered yesterday at state-run centres.

Vaccinations are still available today, although many state-run vaccination centres will not be operating over the festive period through to 2 January 2022.

Please check the list of vaccination centresExternal Link for opening days and hours for individual sites. Otherwise, to obtain your vaccination, please use the vaccine clinic finderExternal Link to find a participating GP or pharmacy.

94.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 92.9 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

Victoria was notified of 7,442 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 LGAs with the highest number of new cases are Melbourne, Wyndham, Casey, Brimbank, Port Phillip, Hume, Stonnington, Monash, Greater Dandenong and Boroondara.

All locations containing new cases will be published today at Victorian COVID-19 dataExternal Link .

Community sample testing of positive cases for the Omicron variant indicates that it is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Victoria.

There are 24,161 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 183,901.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of nine deaths of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,534.

63,026 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 17,420,492.

There are currently more than 12,500 active close contacts in isolation in Victoria.


New testing and isolation requirements

New arrangements for the testing and isolation of close contacts came into effect in Victoria from 11.59pm on Thursday 30 December 2021.

The new test, trace, isolate and quarantine arrangements have been established in the context of high case numbers and the Omicron variant.

More information about the new arrangements can be found at Testing changes to focus on highest-risk Victorians.External Link

Updated information about the new arrangements has been posted to the coronavirus website. See the Links and contacts section below.

Expected heatwave impact on some outdoor testing centres

Extreme heat forecast for today may cause some outdoor testing sites to be suspended.

Check onlineExternal Link before you leave to make sure your preferred testing centre is open.

If you have symptoms and you cannot get to a testing centre, or if you are at any risk of becoming heat-affected, then you should isolate until you are able to access a testing centre.

In addition, new requirements in effect mean that if you are a household or household-like contact and you don’t have symptoms, you must use a Rapid Antigen Test instead of a PCR test. A PCR test is appropriate if you are a household or household-like contact and cannot access a Rapid Antigen Test on Day 6 of your isolation.

You can see more information about testing requirements and recommendations for contacts by viewing the updated checklistExternal Link .

To see who should use a Rapid Antigen TestExternal Link , visit the coronavirus website.

We ask for your patience as we work to protect our staff and the community and continue to provide testing as safely as possible.

For more information about what to do in an emergency and how to stay COVIDSafe, visit What to do in an emergencyExternal 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 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 02 January 2022

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