Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 14 May 2022

14/05/22

There are 524 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 17 active cases in ICU, including 4 on a ventilator, and an additional 7 cleared cases in ICU.

66.8 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.6 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.

12,160 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 8,410 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and 3,750 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 22 deaths yesterday in people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. 15 of today’s reported deaths occurred in the past week, including 11 deaths that occurred in the past two days. The brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 3,123.

There are 76,385 active cases in Victoria.

19,989 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 20,762,596.

Updates

Omicron sub-lineage detections in wastewater

There has been a total of 15 wastewater detections of the BA.4 or BA.5 strain in Victoria. There has been a total of 5 wastewater detections of the BA.2.12.1 strain.

Evidence suggests these Omicron sub-lineages are more transmissible than Omicron BA.2 but do not cause more severe disease.

Health authorities continue to sequence PCR samples from a proportion of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases and are undertaking wastewater testing to better understand the prevalence and distribution of the Omicron sub-lineages in Victoria.

Staying COVIDSafe as winter approaches

As we come into winter, it is important to keep doing the things that help keep us all safe.

Masks are strongly recommended in shared indoor settings, if you can’t physically distance, have any COVID-19 symptoms, or are with those more vulnerable to COVID-19. More details at When to wear a face mask.

Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms and stay home while you are unwell.

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 15 May 2022

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