Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria - 10 August 2022

10/08/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 610 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 23 active cases in ICU, including 8 on a ventilator, and an additional 7 cleared cases in ICU.

6,331,332 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

69.4 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.

5,898 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 4,373 who tested positive on a rapid antigen test and 1,525 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 52 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. Of the 52 reported deaths, 40 occurred in the past week, 10 occurred in the past fortnight and 2 deaths occurred in late July.

The total number of COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 4,844. The number of COVID-related deaths recorded in Victoria so far this year is 3,233.

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, Victorian Hospital Acquired Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS), the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and local public health units. The department updates its confirmed death statistics daily.

There are 37,085 active cases in Victoria. The number of active cases in Victoria continues to decline from a peak of 71,428 recorded on 23 July.

13,375 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,968,869.

Updates

Free masks to keep Victorians safe this winter

More than three million N95 and KN95 masks will be handed out to the community through Victoria’s state-run testing centres, community health services and across the public transport network.

Over the next four to six weeks, every person that presents for either a free rapid antigen or PCR test will receive one box of 10 masks along with instructions on how best to wear them to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Masks will also be distributed through some of Victoria’s community organisations including at multicultural, multi-faith events and Aboriginal gatherings as well as through a number of disability service providers.

Mask wearing is strongly recommended if you are indoors in a public space or outside in a crowded place where you can’t physically distance. People who are at risk of severe COVID illness are encouraged to wear a mask whenever in public.

More information can be found at Free masks to keep Victorians safe this winter

For advice on the different types of masks available and how to use them go to Face masks

ATAGI recommendation on COVID-19 vaccinations for children under 5

Approximately 10,000 young Victorian children at higher risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19 will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccination from 5 September 2022.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) last week recommended the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine be made available to the most medically vulnerable children, aged 6 months to 5 years, in certain at-risk populations.

At this stage, COVID-19 vaccination is only recommended for children aged 6 months to 5 years who are severely immunocompromised, have a disability or have complex and/or multiple health conditions which increase the risk of severe COVID-19.

For more information, visit ATAGI recommendations on COVID-19 vaccine use in children aged 6 months to 5 years

COVID-19 vaccinations and treatments

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

Eligibility for winter doses of COVID-19 vaccines has also been broadened, and vaccination remains the most important protection against becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19. To find a vaccination provider near you, visit 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 10 August 2022

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