Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 19 June 2022

19/06/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 422 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 21 active cases in ICU, including 9 on a ventilator, and an additional 6 cleared cases in ICU.

6,271,134 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 836 doses administered yesterday at state-run centres.

68.1 percent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.6 percent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses.

5,472 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 3,689 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test and 1,783 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 19 deaths yesterday in people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 3,750.

There are 41,195 active cases in Victoria.

11,612 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,294,656.

Updates

Update to pandemic orders

As part of Victoria’s ongoing management of the coronavirus pandemic, changes to pandemic orders will come into effect from 11:59pm, Friday 24 June.

For more information, read Sensible winter settings to keep Victorians protected.

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 eight 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 mask and Checklist for COVID contacts. 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 medicines.

All Victorians aged six 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 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 19 June 2022

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