Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 2 January 2022

There are 472 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 52 active cases in ICU, with 22 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 46 cleared cases in ICU.


COVID-19 Data

There are 472 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 52 active cases in ICU, with 22 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 46 cleared cases in ICU. 

More than 5,035,600 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. 94.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 92.9 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.

Victoria was notified of 7,172 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 LGAs with the highest number of new cases are Melbourne, Brimbank, Casey, Port Phillip, Hume, Whittlesea, Greater Dandenong, Stonnington, Wyndham and Melton.

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

Community sample testing of positive cases for the Omicron variant indicates that it is now the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Victoria. It appears that 76 per cent results of samples collected over the Christmas period were the Omicron variant – further testing is to confirm this is being undertaken over the next week. 

There are 31,461 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 190,999.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of three deaths of people aged in their 60s and 70s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,537. 

48,252 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 17,468,744.

There are currently more than 13,000 active close contacts in isolation in Victoria.


New testing and isolation requirements

New arrangements for the testing and isolation of close contacts came into effect in Victoria from 11.59pm on Thursday 30 December 2021.

The new test, trace, isolate and quarantine arrangements have been established in the context of high case numbers and the Omicron variant. 

More information about the new arrangements can be found at Testing changes to focus on highest-risk Victorians.

Updated information about the new arrangements has been posted to the coronavirus website. See the Links and contacts section below. If you have symptoms or a positive rapid antigen test, then get a PCR test to confirm whether you have COVID-19. If you don't have symptoms but need to get tested, then get a rapid antigen test. If you can't access a rapid antigen test but need a test, then you can get a PCR test.

You can see more information about testing requirements and recommendations for contacts by viewing the updated checklist.

To see who should use a Rapid Antigen Test, visit the coronavirus website.

Get your Booster

If you’re over 18 and you had your second vaccination four or more months ago, you're eligible for your third dose.
You can get a Pfizer or Moderna third dose regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine you received for your initial doses. Most state-run vaccination centres will reopen on Tuesday 4 January. 

You can book your vaccination appointment online. Many centres also offer walk-in vaccination appointments.

Please check the list of vaccination centres for opening days and hours for individual sites. Otherwise, to obtain your vaccination, please use the vaccine clinic finder to find a participating GP or 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 02 January 2022

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