Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 26 February 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 281 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 18 active cases in ICU, including 5 on a ventilator, and an additional 25 cleared cases in ICU.

5,950,575 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 7,372 administered yesterday at state-run centres. 200 of the doses administered yesterday were for children aged 5 to 11 years.

58.1 per cent of Victorians aged 18 and over have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 93.9 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had two doses. 54.9 per cent of Victorians aged between 5 and 11 years have had one dose.

5,874 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes:

  • 3,788 who tested positive on a Rapid Antigen Test
  • 2,086 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 15 deaths of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Six of these deaths occurred in the past two days and one additional death occurred in the past week. Five of today’s reported deaths occurred in early February and three deaths occurred in late January.

This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 2,452.

There are 40,968 active cases in Victoria.

17,628 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 19,452,040.


New mask rules now in place

Changes to pandemic orders and public health recommendations in Victoria are now in effect.

Public health recommendations for Victorians to work and study from home have been removed and masks are no longer required in most indoor settings.

Masks will only be required indoors in particular circumstances unless an exemption applies.

Information about the new face mask rules can be seen at Face masks – when to wear a face mask

For more information visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) Victoria

Milestone for program that helps vaccinate our vulnerable Victorians

More than 10,000 Victorians living with a disability or with special needs have now been vaccinated against COVID-19 through an Australian-first program that matches Disability Liaison Officers with people, families and advocates to decide the best way to get vaccinated.

More details about this important program can be found at Helping vaccinate vulnerable Victorians

Further expansion of our vaccination program

In an effort to making access to vaccination as easy as possible, Victoria’s COVID-19 vaccination program will expand in coming weeks to include pop-up and mobile vaccination clinics at multicultural facilities, places of worship, sporting events, aquatic centres, festivals and more.

More information about the expansion of the vaccination program can be found at Get vaccinated at home or when you’re out and about.

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 26 February 2022

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