Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 17 December 2021

Yesterday, 11,888 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,935,164.

17/12/21

COVID-19 Data

Yesterday, 11,888 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,935,164.

94.3 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 92.4 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 386 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 82 active cases in ICU, with 43 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 36 cleared cases in ICU. Of those in hospital yesterday, 62 per cent were not fully vaccinated while 92 per cent of those in ICU were not fully vaccinated.

Victoria was notified of 1,510 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired except for seven cases that were acquired overseas. The 10 Local Government areas with the highest number of new cases are Hume, Casey, Whittlesea, Moreland, Brimbank, Wyndham, Cardinia, Melton, Glen Eira and Moonee Valley.

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

There are 12,578 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 142,907.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of seven deaths of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,443.

82,301 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 16,292,557.

There are currently more than 28,500 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Updates

New Omicron cases

Six new confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been identified in Victoria. This brings the total number of confirmed Omicron variant cases in Victoria to 19.

Five of the new cases are arrivals from NSW and one new case is a recent international arrival.

Public health authorities are responding to 28 confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to the Peel Hotel, Collingwood (16 cases), and Sircuit Bar, Fitzroy (12 cases), sites. One case is confirmed with the Omicron variant. Work is underway to determine if any of the other cases have the Omicron variant.

All Victorians can play their part in reducing the spread of Omicron – or any other variant – by getting tested the moment they notice symptoms or as soon as they are told they are a contact, and practising COVIDSafe behaviours such as wearing masks, physical distancing, checking in and getting a booster when eligible.

Pre-Christmas booster blitz for State vaccination clinics

Capacity is being ramped up at state-run vaccination clinics to assist the Commonwealth’s booster vaccine rollout before Christmas.

There are more than 1000 places to get vaccinated across Victoria as part of the Commonwealth’s vaccination program, which includes GPs, pharmacies and state-run clinics.

Booster appointments can be booked online or by calling the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.

More information about the booster blitz can be found at: Pre-Christmas booster blitz for State vaccination centres.

Updated public health orders

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, the Minister for Health Martin Foley has signed pandemic orders under the new Public Health and Wellbeing Act, that came into effect from 11.59pm on Wednesday 15 December 2021 and will be in place until 12 January 2022.

For more details, see Updated public health protections to keep Victorians safe.

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 17 December 2021

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