Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria – 3 November 2021

Yesterday, 9,440 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

02/11/21

COVID-19 Data

Yesterday, 9,440 vaccine doses were administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services. The total number of doses administered through state-run services is 4,635,918.

92.7 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 82.2 per cent have had two doses. 92.2 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 80.9 per cent have had two doses*. This excludes most recent Commonwealth data.

There are 657 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria. 117 of those cases are in intensive care, with 69 cases on a ventilator.

Victoria was notified of 941 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 Local Government Areas with the highest number of new cases are Hume, Casey, Greater Dandenong, Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton, Whittlesea, Greater Shepparton, Cardinia and Glen Eira.

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

There are 18,361 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 92,126.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 8 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,142.

63,278 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 13,494,696.

There are currently more than 74,500 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.

Updates

Wastewater detections

COVID-19 viral fragments have been detected in wastewater samples taken from the following regional areas:

  • Aireys Inlet – repeated unexpected detections for the period from 24 October - 1 November
  • Apollo Bay – unexpected detection for the period 26 October - 1 November.

The detections could be an undiscovered new case or cases or could be the result of one or more people in these areas who have recovered from COVID-19 but are still shedding the virus.

Anyone who lives in, works in or has visited the areas above is urged to watch for the mildest of COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.

For more information on wastewater testing, visit the Wastewater testing page.

Rapid Antigen Self-Test advice

Rapid antigen self-tests are now available for purchase by the general public. The Department of Health has published advice on how to use and interpret the results on the rapid antigen self-test page.

  • Rapid antigen tests can only tell you if you are likely to have COVID-19. In Victoria, a standard (PCR) test at a testing centre is still needed to confirm if you have COVID-19.
  • If you test positive from a rapid antigen test, then you must isolate, get tested with a standard (PCR) test, and stay isolated until you get your results.
  • Most rapid antigen tests will provide you with a result in 15 to 30 minutes. It’s faster but less accurate than a standard (PCR) test. It’s best to use them when you have COVID-19 symptoms.

The availability and approval of this technology for use in the home is a big step forward, but please take extra care to understand the result and what steps you still may have to take.

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.

* From tomorrow 4 November, the Department of Health’s morning COVID update tweet will publish the vaccination rate of Victorians 12 and over.

Reviewed 03 November 2021

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