There are 395 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – 55 active cases in ICU, with 23 of those on a ventilator. There are an additional 45 cleared cases in ICU.
5,029,047 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services, with 3,775 administered yesterday at state-run centres.
Vaccinations are still available over the festive season, although many state-run vaccination centres will not be operating over the period through to 2 Jan 2022.
Some centres will be open over the festive period, so please check the for opening days and hours for individual sites. Otherwise, to obtain your vaccination, please use the at to find a participating GP or pharmacy.
94.5 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and over have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 92.8 per cent have had two doses. This excludes the most recent Commonwealth data.
Victoria was notified of 5,137 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were locally acquired. The 10 LGAs with the highest number of new cases are Melbourne, Wyndham, Brimbank, Port Phillip, Hume, Casey, Glen Eira, Melton, Stonnington and Whittlesea.
There are 23,833 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the beginning of the pandemic is 170,695.
Sadly, the Department was notified yesterday of 13 deaths of people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. This brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began to 1,518. One historic death was reclassified.
81,093 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 17,290,692.
There are currently more than 20,700 active close contacts in isolation in Victoria.
Expected heatwave impact on some outdoor testing centres
Some testing sites may need to close over the next three days due to excessive heat, particularly those located outdoors in tents.
Temperature inside the tents can rise even 10 degrees higher, and testing staff work in full PPE.
What to do:
- Before you go to get tested, check the website to make sure it is open at .
- If you have to get tested (because you have symptoms or you’re a contact) and you are unable to access a PCR testing site, you should stay isolated until you can get tested.
- If you are getting a PCR test, plan ahead. You may have to travel further. Major indoor sites will still be able to operate.
- Remember the dangers of sitting in hot weather in your car for long periods. Young children, the elderly, people with medical conditions and pets are at higher risk of harm.
- Take regular sips of water to keep rehydrated. Heat can cause illnesses that may be life-threatening.
- If you don’t have symptoms and aren’t a contact, and just want to check if you may have COVID-19, then use a Rapid Antigen Test.
We ask for your patience as we work to protect our staff and the community and continue to provide testing as safely as possible.
Celebrating New Year safely
Victorians are encouraged to celebrate New Year in a COVIDSafe manner.
If you are feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home and get tested.
If you don’t have symptoms and you want to rapidly check if you may have COVID-19, you can use a Rapid Antigen Test. These tests are useful if you are attending a crowded event, social gathering or visiting vulnerable people or settings.
Celebrate outdoors if you can. If you are hosting an indoor gathering, ensure your areas have as much ventilation as possible. Limiting the number of guests limits the risk of transmission.
While celebrating, it is important to practise physical distancing. If you can’t remain 1.5 metres from people, wear a mask.
Wearing a mask is required for everyone aged eight years and above in all indoor settings in Victoria unless an exception applies, such in the home or when consuming food or drink.
Take hand sanitiser with you and practise good hand hygiene.
Links and contacts
- Current COVIDSafe settings for living and working in
- Your – what to do if you test positive or if you have been told you are a contact
- , including how to book and where to go
- Find your nearest
- Information on
- Financial is available if you have to isolate after a test, including a $450 payment
- The Commonwealth’s
- How to get your
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 30 December 2021