Department of Health

Coronavirus update for Victoria - 5 September 2022

05/09/22

COVID-19 Data

There are 266 COVID-19 cases in hospital in Victoria – with 9 active cases in ICU, including 4 on a ventilator, and an additional 5 cleared cases in ICU.

6,344,089 vaccine doses have been administered by Victoria’s state-commissioned services.

69.7 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.

1,709 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded yesterday. This includes 1,394 who tested positive on a rapid antigen test and 315 who returned a positive result on a PCR test.

Sadly, the Department was notified of 4 deaths yesterday of people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90 years and over. The total number of COVID-related deaths in Victoria since the pandemic began is 5,363. The number of COVID-related deaths recorded in Victoria so far this year is 3,752.

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 13,182 active cases in Victoria. The number of active cases in Victoria continues to decline from a peak of 71,428 recorded on 23 July.

5,150 PCR tests were processed yesterday. The total number of PCR tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 22,200,952.

Updates

Updated information about ventilation

The Department of Health has published updated information on its website about the importance of ventilation in reducing the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 spreads when a person breathes out very small droplets or aerosols that contain the virus. Aerosols can float in the air for a long time and other people breathe them in, spreading the virus.

Adding fresh air into a space reduces the number of aerosols in a room and reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission from one person to another.

You can see the updated information on the Department’s ventilation pages.

Updated work from home recommendations

Victoria’s work from home recommendations have been lifted following the end of winter and a significant decline in COVID-19 case numbers.

The work from home recommendations were in place to help reduce transmission and protect the health system when it was under significant pressure in July and August.

Employers and staff may still consider remote working arrangements that are most appropriate for their workplace and employees based on individual requirements.

All Victorians, no matter where they work, are encouraged to ensure they are up to date with vaccinations, wear a good quality face mask if you are indoors in a public space or outside in a crowded space where you can’t physically distance, and maintain good ventilation indoors.

For more information, visit: Updated work from home recommendations.

Check your eligibility for COVID-19 medicines

The Department of Health has developed a new online tool to help people determine if they may be eligible for COVID-19 medicines.

By answering a series of online questions about your age and medical conditions, the online tool assesses your eligibility for COVID-19 medicines. This tool does not replace the advice of a GP. It is a guide only. A GP is the best person to help you decide the right medicine for you.

Find out if you are eligible for COVID-19 medicines.

New weekly Chief Health Officer update

The Chief Health Officer Update will move to a weekly update, starting from Wednesday 7 September.

Daily COVID-19 data will continue to be published on Twitter and on the Department of Health website.

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 05 September 2022

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