Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 17 June 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 438 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 17 active cases in ICU, including 7 on a ventilator, and an additional 7 cleared cases in ICU.

6,269,197 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 1,267 doses administered yesterday at state-run centres.

68 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.6 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had 2 doses.

7,608 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 5,174 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and 2,434 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 18 deaths yesterday in people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 3,702.

There are 40,700 active cases in Victoria.

22,987 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,275,050.


Increased Omicron BA.4/BA.5 detections in wastewater

The prevalence of Omicron strains BA.4/BA.5 in Melbourne and regional wastewater catchments has increased to 12 per cent, up from 4 per cent on 21 May.

The increase in BA.4/BA.5 wastewater detections indicates a higher prevalence of these strains in the community. This is likely due to their greater ability to evade immunity from vaccination and earlier COVID-19 infection. There is no evidence to suggest they cause more severe disease.

The Omicron BA.2 strain remains the dominant variant in Victoria. The BA.2.12.1 strain continues to be detected at low levels.

The Department of Health will continue to monitor the situation.

Protecting yourself and others during winter

As winter is here, it is important that we keep doing the things that keep us all safe.

Ensure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines and that you get vaccinated against influenza.

Masks are strongly recommended in shared indoor settings, if you can’t physically distance, or you are with those more vulnerable to COVID-19. Improve ventilation by opening doors and windows, using fans or purifiers, and gathering outside where possible.

Face masks are still required for everyone aged 8 and above in some locations, including on public transport, rideshares and taxis, and in sensitive settings such as hospitals and care facilities. They are also required by household contacts in quarantine who meet the criteria for leaving home. More details at When to wear a face maskExternal Link and Checklist for COVID contactsExternal Link . If you have COVID symptoms you should stay at home and get tested.

COVID-19 early treatments are now available for eligible Victorians who are at higher risk of developing a serious illness with COVID-19 infection. More details at COVID-19 medicinesExternal Link .

All Victorians aged 6 months and over can get a free flu vaccination to help boost vaccination coverage and to avoid more hospitalisations throughout winter. To book, contact your local GP or community pharmacy.

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 17 June 2022


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