Victoria’s Code Brown, which has been active across the state’s hospital system since January 19, will come to an end on Monday, February 14, meaning hospitals will largely return to normal functioning.
He also announced elective surgery bans will ease from Monday, with private hospitals will be able to perform up to 50 per cent of all elective surgery in metropolitan Melbourne and up to 75 per cent of all elective surgery in regional areas.
Public hospitals in regional Victoria will be able to resume all category two elective surgery, dependent on workforce availability.
The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital will be able to resume all category two procedures.
All other public hospitals in Melbourne will continue to be restricted to emergency and urgent elective surgery.
Mr Foley said the changes to the health system were able to occur because Victoria was now seeing a “plauteauing” of case numbers, hospitalisation rates and cases of acute illness.
“Sadly we are still seeing deaths continue to rise,” he said.
Mr Foley said the government would further lift restrictions on elective surgery in the state as soon as it was possible.
To further get health care professionals back to their usual roles, Mr Foley announced 1000 ‘vaccinaters’ had been trained up to deliver COVID-19 vaccines across the state.
He said the new vaccination staff would allow nurses and other health professionals who have been administering vaccines to return back to public health services.
Mr Foley has reassured the vaccination staff will be supervised by nurses and other professionals.
Victoria has recorded 8521 new cases of COVID-19 overnight and a further 13 deaths.
There are 553 people in hospital with the virus across the state, including 82 in intensive care and 23 on ventilators.