Most Victorian postcodes currently have zero active coronavirus cases, the latest health department data shows.
Of the state's 694 populated postcodes, 610 had no current COVID-19 infections on Thursday. The state's 289 active coronavirus cases are residents of the remaining 84 postcodes.
You can see the number of active COVID-19 cases in your area, the current infection rate and whether case numbers there have increased or decreased in the past seven days using the map below.
(If you would prefer to view the data in table format, there is an interactive database further down in this article.)
As of Thursday, there was only one postcode in Victoria that had more than 20 active infections - 3030, which takes in the suburbs of Werribee, Point Cook and Derrimut. That's compared with 91 postcodes with at least 20 actives during the height of the second wave.
(The total number of active cases in the Werribee area might seem like a rather high figure, but keep in mind that this is the most populated postcode in Victoria, with more than 100,000 residents, so on a rate per 1000 basis it compares more favourably with other areas.)
If you select the 'rate per 1000' option on the map, you will see that every single Victorian postcode now has an active case rate of less than one infection for every 1000 residents. That's the first time the case rate has been below this threshold for every Victorian area since we started publishing this data in late July.
As you can tell from the colour scale on the chart (which has remained the same each week we publish the data), back at the height of the second wave there were areas recording an active case rate of more than 10 per 1000 residents.
These are the postcodes with the highest rate of active cases:
Last week there were 109 postcodes with at least one active case, and of those 82 have recorded a decrease in active cases over the past seven days and in 22 of these postcodes there has been no change in cases, while in five (3019, 3028, 3171, 3177 and 3201) there has been a net increase of one active case over the past week.
But there are 15 postcodes that did not have any active cases last week where residents have tested positive over the past week. These postcodes are 3067, 3111, 3128, 3145, 3147, 3149, 3155, 3166, 3170, 3174, 3185, 3199, 3522, 3880, 3926.
In the case of 3199 (which includes Frankston suburbs) there were zero active cases last Thursday, but five as of October 1. And in 3147 (Ashburton and Ashwood), there were zero active cases last Thursday and four on October 1.
These are the postcodes that recorded an increase in active cases:
Keep in mind that a decrease in active cases does not mean that no new people have tested positive for coronavirus in an area, only that the number of new infections have been outweighed by the number of people who have recovered from the virus in the past seven days.
You can find the number of active cases in your postcode using the searchable database below:
The graph below shows how the number of postcodes with active coronavirus cases has decreased since August 14, around the height of the second wave of COVID-19 infections in Victoria.
Back on August 14, 307 of the state's 694 populated postcodes were home to at least one active coronavirus case. Almost every single postcode in the metropoltian Melbourne region had at least one active case, and most of the postcodes that were COVID-free were areas in regional Victoria.
On August 14 there were six postcodes with more than 200 active cases (the purple sliver at the top of the chart), but by August 28 every single area had fewer than 200 cases.
That orange area on the graph represents the number of postcodes with between 50 and 199 cases, of which there were 37 on August 14. But as of September 24, there have not been any postcodes with more than 50 active COVID-19 cases.
As of today, 3030 remains the only postcode with more than 20 active coronavirus cases.
Craig Butt joined The Age in 2011 and specialises in data-driven journalism.
Mark Stehle is the design director for multimedia at The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times and WAtoday.
Richard Lama is an Interactive Developer at The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.