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This Interactive Map Shows NSW's COVID-19 Cases by Postcode

The Australian-first map lets Sydneysiders see which areas are 'hotspots'.
By Samantha Teague
August 06, 2020
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This Interactive Map Shows NSW's COVID-19 Cases by Postcode

The Australian-first map lets Sydneysiders see which areas are 'hotspots'.
By Samantha Teague
August 06, 2020
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In early May, the NSW Government released an interactive heat map showing the number of COVID-19 cases by postcode. And it's been continuing to update it every day throughout the pandemic.

Live on the NSW Government website, the state-wide map shows the total and active cases in each postcode, as well as the number of people tested and the area's total population. Thanks to a handy colour code — with areas designated specific hues depending on how many cases they have or how many tests have been completed — it's easy to see which parts of the state are 'hotspots'.

But for active cases, the postcodes are based on the location of a person's usual residence, not where they were when they contracted the virus — so, not all hotspots are immediately obvious. In Potts Point, for example, where there have been 30 cases linked to The Apollo and Thai Rock restaurants, the map is only showing six active cases for 2011, as of Tuesday, August 4.

Elsewhere in the city, 2170 (Casula, Casula Mall and Chipping North) — where the Crossroads Hotel, which is linked to a cluster of cases, is located — has 18 active cases; 2150 (Harris Park, Parramatta and Parramatta Westfield) has 14; and 2145 (Constitution Hill) has the highest with 20.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said at a press conference in May that highlighting these higher COVID-19 case areas will "give a good picture to people who might live in a hotspot to make sure they're extra cautious and come forward and get tested". Sydneysiders with even mild cold and flu symptoms are encouraged to come forward and get tested.

While NSW has seen a slight increase in cases over the past few weeks, with 58 linked to the aforementioned Casula hotel, so far only some restrictions have been tightened for hospitality venues and gyms. Premier Berejiklian has ruled out another lockdown at this point — telling the ABC it's "an option we don't want to take in NSW" — but has not ruled potentially bringing back further restrictions.

For the moment, though, NSW residents are "strongly" encouraged to wear masks in situations where they can't social distance — such as on public transport, at places of worship and in shopping centres — and should continue following social distancing guidelines and public gathering rules, which you can refresh yourself on over here.

To find out more about the status of COVID-19 in NSW and have a look at the new COVID-19 by postcode heat map, head to the NSW Government website.

Images: The NSW Government COVID-19 map as of Tuesday, August 4.

Published on August 06, 2020 by Samantha Teague

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