Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria - 29 July 2022

29/07/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 813 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 26 active cases in ICU, including 10 on a ventilator, and an additional 6 cleared cases in ICU.

6,318,981 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

69.2 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.

10,898 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 7,973 who tested positive on a rapid antigen test and 2,925 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

There are 68,463 active cases in Victoria. 

20,549 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,817,095.

Updates

Delayed death reports due to data issues

Two new deaths were reported to the Department yesterday which occurred in the past 3 days.  

Due to data feed issues this month, sadly, 105 additional deaths have also been added to the state and daily total. All of these deaths occurred since 1 July.

These total 107 deaths were of people aged in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. 

The data feed issue was caused by a delay in a third-party reporting deaths to the Department of Health. 

It is important to note these deaths are not new. The families were notified at the time and the deaths were reported to authorities as required.

The number of daily deaths in Victoria over the past fortnight remains relatively stable, with an average of 19 deaths a day.

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 COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 4,577. The number of COVID-19 deaths recorded in Victoria so far this year is 2,966.

Treatments and vaccination 

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

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 Finder.

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 29 July 2022

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