There are 699 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 24 active cases in ICU, including 7 on a ventilator, and an additional 15 cleared cases in ICU.
6,327,738 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.
69.3 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.
7,502 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 5,575 who tested positive on a rapid antigen test and 1,927 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.
Sadly, the Department was notified of 34 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 100s. Twenty-six of today’s reported deaths occurred in the past week and another 5 deaths occurred in the past fortnight. Three of today’s reported deaths occurred in early to mid-July.
The total number of COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 4,723. The number of COVID-related deaths recorded in Victoria so far this year is 3,112.
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, Victorian Hospital Acquired Infection Surveillance System (VICNISS), the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and local public health units. The department updates its confirmed death statistics daily.
There are 50,362 active cases in Victoria. The number of active cases in Victoria continues to decline from a recent peak of 71,428 recorded on 23 July.
14,782 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 21,912,767.
One million winter vaccine doses administered
The number of fourth “winter” doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Victoria topped one million yesterday.
A total of 1,008,270 winter doses have been administered in Victoria since the winter dose became recommended in late March this year for people aged 65 years and over, aged and disability care residents, people aged 16 years and over who are severely immunocompromised, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and over.
60.3 per cent of Victorians aged 65 years and over have now received their winter dose.
On 11 July, the eligibility for winter booster doses was broadened to be recommended for adults aged 50-64 years and is now also available for adults aged 30 to 49. With the recent addition of these age groups, 33.3 per cent of the total eligible Victorian population has now received their fourth dose.
Getting a fourth dose remains the most important protection against becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19.
You can receive your winter dose three months after your third dose or after being infected with COVID-19 if the infection has occurred since your third dose.
The eligibility criteria for COVID medicines have been recently broadened.
General access to rapid antigen tests
Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are a quick and accurate way to test for the virus that causes COVID-19. RATs continue to detect the current variants circulating in Victoria.
Rapid antigen testing kits continue to be offered for free at state-run testing sites.
Anyone with symptoms or considered a close contact of someone with COVID-19 can collect a free pack of five RATs.
Free RATs are being distributed to staff and students through schools and early childhood centres throughout Term 3 and 4.
When to use rapid antigen tests
It is important to repeat rapid antigen tests over several days to increase the chance of detecting COVID-19 infection if you are symptomatic or a close or social contact.
Early on in a COVID-19 infection when virus levels are still low, the virus may not be detectable by rapid antigen test and you may initially test negative before testing positive once virus levels are higher. During this time, you may still be infectious, especially if you have symptoms or are a close or social contact.
If you have developed symptoms of an acute respiratory infection, it is important to remain home while unwell, even if you test negative for COVID-19.
If you are a close contact and test negative for COVID-19, it is still essential to wear a mask indoors when outside your home, to not visit hospitals or care facilities, to continue RAT surveillance testing throughout your close contact period and to notify your employer or education facility that you are a close contact.
Symptomatic individuals at high risk of severe disease that have tested negative on a rapid antigen test should undergo a PCR test to ensure they are able to access effective treatment early.
Links and contacts
- your positive Rapid Antigen Test or find out more about
- Follow your COVID Checklist if you or you are a of someone with COVID-19
- Get your COVID-19 vaccine through GPs or community pharmacies through the
- are available for eligible people who have COVID-19
- Get information on and getting the right support for your symptoms
- How to improve and encourage air flow from outside
- See where and how you can get at state-run centres
- More information about
- Current for living and working in Victoria
- Financial is available if you have been impacted by COVID-19
- View Victoria’s
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can also call the Victorian Aboriginal COVID Information Line on . 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 05 August 2022