The postcodes where active COVID-19 cases are on the rise

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Active COVID-19 case numbers have surged in Melbourne’s north and west over the past week, but are on their way down in Shepparton, Health Department data shows.

There are currently 2166 active cases in Victoria across 174 postcodes, and using the map below you can see whether there are any active cases in your area:

The overwhelming majority of active cases are in Metropolitan Melbourne and show up on the map above. To see where the active cases are in regional Victoria, use the map below:

The map of the entire state shows there are 76 active cases in the Shepparton region (although these numbers are on their way down), three cases in the Seymour area in the state’s north, two cases in the Latrobe area in the state’s east, and one case each in Mildura and Wodonga along the border with NSW.

I have added an extra colour to the map since the last time it appeared on The Age’s website, for postcodes where there are currently more than 200 active cases.

There is currently one postcode with more than 200 active cases: 3064 (that takes in Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Kalkallo, Mickleham and Roxburgh Park), in Melbourne’s north. In this area there are 263 active cases, compared with 48 a week ago.

Using this interactive graph, you can track how the number of active cases in your area has changed over time. Simply enter your postcode, and a graph will appear showing the number of known active cases in the area each day since the middle of August:

The data shows that of the 10 postcodes that recorded the biggest increase in active case numbers, eight are in Melbourne’s north and two are in Melbourne’s west.

The Craigieburn area (postcode 3064) has had the most active cases of any Victorian postcode since the start of this week, while postcode 3046 (the Glenroy area) had the second-highest with 150.

The graph below shows the postcodes in Melbourne’s north that have recorded the biggest increase in active cases over the past week:

This time last week, two postcodes in Melbourne’s west – 3025 (the Altona area) and 3029 (Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit and Truganina) – had the most active cases. And while they have been overtaken, their active case numbers have continued to grow.

In 3029 there are now 140 active cases (up from 101 one week ago) and in 3025 there are 119 (up from 100 one week ago):

On the flipside, the Shepparton area has recorded the biggest drop in active cases over the past week.

As of Thursday, there are 44 active cases in 3630 (down from 66 one week ago) and 27 in 3631 (a near 50 per cent drop from the 50 recorded one week ago):

To my knowledge, there is not yet postcode-level data available for vaccination rates in Victoria. However, every Monday the federal Health Department publishes data on vaccination rates in each council area.

Here are some maps showing the first and second dose rates for each local government area in Victoria:

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