Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 11 February 2022

10/02/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 553 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 51 active cases in ICU, including 23 on a ventilator, and an additional 31 cleared cases in ICU.

5,804,012 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 14,650 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 396 of the doses administered yesterday were for children aged 5 to 11 years.

48.9 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses. 51.4 per cent of Victorians aged between 5 and 11 years have had one dose.

8,521 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 5,359 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 3,162 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 13 deaths of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Of those deaths, 12 occurred in the past week, with seven in the past two days. One of the deaths is a historic case from January this year.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,247. One death recently recorded in our figures has been reclassified due to a duplicated report.

There are 55,617 active cases in Victoria.

22,197 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 19,173,643.

Updates

Lifting of the Pandemic Code Brown alert and increase to elective surgery

The Department of Health is working closely with health services to lift the coordinated Pandemic Code Brown from midday this Monday 14 February, while continuing to support individual hospitals as needed.

A further increase to non-urgent elective surgery will also begin from Monday 14 February – including private hospitals being able to perform up to 50 per cent of all elective surgery in metropolitan Melbourne and up to 75 per cent of all elective surgery in regional areas. Public hospitals in regional Victoria will be able to resume all category two elective surgery, dependent on workforce availability.

In addition, more than 1,000 Victorians have applied to help vaccinate people across the state as part of a push to expand the vaccination workforce to include health students, retired nurses and other trained workers.

More information about all of these initiatives can be found at Vaccinators reporting for duty.

Deadline extended for third dose vaccination for key workers

The 12 February 2022 deadline for key workers to have received their COVID-19 third dose vaccination has been extended to 12 March 2022.

This extension applies to workers in healthcare, aged care, disability, emergency services, correctional facilities, quarantine accommodation and food distribution sectors (excluding retail).

From tomorrow, 12 February, if you have not yet received your third dose, you need to show your employer you have made a booking for your third dose in order to continue attending your workplace on site. This booking must be for a time before 12 March.

Workers in health care who were not eligible to receive an additional COVID-19 vaccine by 12 January 2022 are required to receive their COVID-19 third dose vaccine by 29 March 2022.

Employers must also confirm their employees have received their third dose and keep a record of workers’ third dose vaccination status, in line with the Pandemic Order issued.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and free. To book an appointment, healthcare workers can use the state’s online booking system or call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or contact a GP, pharmacy or community health service using the Commonwealth Vaccine Clinic Finder. Healthcare facility operators are also encouraged to support their staff to access vaccination on-site if possible.

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 11 February 2022

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