Victoria government officials administered 3,647 doses of vaccine yesterday. The total number of doses administered by government services is 4,879,545.
94.1 percent of Victorians ages 12 and over have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 91.8 percent have received two doses. This excludes the latest Commonwealth data.
There are 315 cases of COVID-19 in the Victoria hospital – 52 active cases in intensive care, including 27 on a ventilator. There are another 44 resolved cases in the intensive care unit. Of the hospitalized patients, 62 percent were not fully vaccinated and of those in the intensive care unit, 83 percent were not fully vaccinated.
Victoria was informed of 1,232 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday. All cases were acquired locally, with the exception of two cases that were acquired abroad. The 10 municipalities with the most new cases are Casey, Hume, Brimbank, Whittlesea, Melton, Mornington Peninsula, Moreland, Glen Eira, Wyndham and Monash.
All locations with new cases are released today under Victorian COVID-19 dates.
There are 11,224 active cases in Victoria. The total number of confirmed cases in Victoria since the pandemic began is 132,542.
Unfortunately, the department was informed yesterday of nine deaths of people between the ages of 30, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 years old. That brings the total number of deaths in Victoria since the pandemic started to 1,399. The person’s death at the age of 30 occurred in early November.
71,178 COVID-19 tests were processed yesterday. The total number of tests performed in Victoria since the pandemic began is 15,725,769.
There are currently more than 27,000 active primary close contacts in isolation in Victoria.
Omicron cases are being investigated in the community
The Department of Health leads a strong outbreak response to several suspected Omicron cases discovered in the community.
The two suspected Omicron cases from yesterday are still being investigated.
Two new cases have also delivered results with the “S-gene dropout” – the absence of the S-gene in screening tests is a signature of the Omicron variant.
Of the total of four suspected cases, one was identified in the City of Casey, one in the City of Wyndham and two in the City of Brimbank. Sequencing of the entire genome is done quickly to confirm whether these represent the Omicron variant.
It is currently known that three of these cases are unrelated to international travel and their source of income is being investigated.
Two positive wastewater certificates for the Omicron variant were also found at Melbourne Airport.
The samples from two airport catchment areas were taken on December 1st and 2nd and match a known suspected case of the Omicron variant that visited the airport.
Anyone working or visiting Melbourne Airport is urged to be on the lookout for the mildest COVID-19 symptoms and get tested as soon as possible if symptoms develop.
The department questions the suspected cases of Omicron variants and takes a conservative approach to naming their contact persons, even outside the household.
A number of contacts have been identified and instructed to quarantine for 7 or 14 days, depending on their vaccination status. Other people at lower risk have been instructed to take a test and isolate themselves until they get a negative result. More contact tracing work is underway and is likely to result in more contacts.
Individuals who have close contact with a confirmed case of the Omicron variant outside of their home may need to quarantine themselves depending on the level of contact, but as previously announced, “The Ministry of Health will continue to manage emerging worrying outbreaks and” superspreader events ” and can impose a quarantine period for contacts on a case-by-case basis depending on the evidence. “
If you are contacted by the department with special instructions – or if you receive an SMS request for a test or quarantine after visiting a high-risk location – you are obliged to follow this instruction.
If the results of genome sequencing indicate that the Omicron variant is not available in a case, the department can withdraw close contact recommendations and provide contacts with updated advice. In this situation, please wait for direct advice from the department.
For information on testing and quarantine requirements for international travelers entering Victoria, see Information for International Travelers.
All Victorians can do their part to reduce the spread of Omicron – or any other variant – by getting tested as soon as they notice symptoms or as soon as they are told they are a contact and practicing COVIDSafe behaviors like that Wearing masks and checking in.
Update on cosmetic surgery
From December 15, 2021, cosmetic surgery or other interventions that do not treat serious illnesses can be resumed in private hospitals and day clinics.
For private hospitals and day surgery in Melbourne and private hospitals in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Latrobe Valley, cosmetic surgery can be resumed within the usual 75 percent of the usual allotted elective procedure lists per week required at each registered facility upon provision of capacity in support of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including public health services that operate COVID-19 streaming sites.
All patients in need of elective surgery must be prioritized based on clinical need. Time sensitive and urgent elective surgical patients must be housed within the cap.
All activities carried out on behalf of public hospitals and emergency operations by private hospitals and day clinics do not count towards the upper limit that applies in every registered establishment.
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