Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria - 26 July 2022


COVID-19 Data

There are 869 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 34 active cases in ICU, including 12 on a ventilator, and an additional 5 cleared cases in ICU.

6,312,578 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

69 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have had 3 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 94.7 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have had 2 doses.

12,339 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 10,153 who tested positive on a rapid antigen test and 2,186 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 40 reported deaths yesterday of people aged in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. Of the reported deaths, 26 occurred in June and the remainder in July.

The Victorian Department of Health regularly undertakes reviews and audits of the State’s reported deaths to ensure the accuracy of our COVID-19 mortality figures.

The Victorian Department of Health is formally notified of deaths of people known to have COVID-19 via a number of different sources, including the Victorian Death Index, VICNISS, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, local public health units, and the Coroner. The department updates its confirmed death statistics daily.

The total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began remains 4,401. The number of COVID-19 deaths recorded in Victoria so far this year is 2,790.

There are 70,378 active cases in Victoria.

10,153 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,760,337.


Treatments and vaccination

The eligibility criteria for COVID medicines have been recently broadened. More information can be found at COVID-19 treatmentsExternal Link and at COVID-19 MedicinesExternal Link

Eligibility for winter booster doses has also been broadened, and this remains the most important protection against becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19.

To find a vaccination provider near you, use the Australian Government’s Vaccine Clinic FinderExternal Link

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 26 July 2022


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