|As at: 22 Sep 2021, 12:00pm|
CovidVictoria is an independently-run, not-for-profit resource, providing visual documentation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Victoria. The resource was produced to serve as a more digestible alternative to typical tabular presentation of COVID statistics put forward by media outlets and government websites.
Care is taken to ensure that all displayed data is free of misstatement. If you spot an error, or have any other concerns or queries, please fill out the feedback form
You can support the resource by donating here.
A project by Hassan Andrabi
Q: Where is the data sourced from?
A: Data is sourced from daily media releases posted by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). See 'Sources' tab for a full list of acknowledgements.
Q: How often is the website updated?
A: The website is updated daily in line with media releases from the Department of Health and Human Servinces (DHHS).
Q: What time is the website updated?
A: Updates to the website are implemented within a few hours of these media releases, which typically occur around 12pm.
Q: Why isn't displayed data consistent with the DHHS interactive map?
A: The DHHS interactive map is often inconsistent with the latest media releases published by the DHHS. CovidVictoria is updated in-line with the latest media releases published by the DHHS, which leads to discrepancies between the DHHS interactive map and the figures displayed on this website.
Q: What does LGA stand for?
A: LGA stands for 'Local Government Area', and denotes the administrative boundaries of locally governing City Councils and Shires.
Q: What does the positioning of clusters reveal about the intra-LGA residential address of notified cases?
A: All clusters are positioned in the geographical centre of their corresponding LGA for exposition purposes – their positioning reveals nothing about the exact intra-LGA residential addresses of notified COVID cases. The government does not publish the exact location of COVID cases.
Q: Why doesn't the sum total of clustered data points reconcile with figures in the summary panel?
A: The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) categorises reported cases of COVID-19 using residential address provided upon case notification. No geographic data point is plotted when a residential address is not provided; or when the provided residential address corresponds to an overseas/interstate location. However, these cases remain within the borders of Victoria, and are included in state-level totalled statistics.
Q: How are 'new cases' determined?
A: The total number of new cases (as presented in the summary panel) is calculated as the daily change in total confirmed COVID cases, adjusted for the DHHS' retrospective reclassifications of the previous day's figures due to erroneous duplication of notified cases. On a per-LGA basis, 'new cases' figures are calculated as the net daily change in confirmed COVID cases, and are not adjusted for retrospective reclassifications unless these relcassifications result in negative daily counts. These are set to zero for ease of interpretability.
Q: Why doesn't the 'Change (24 hrs)' figure match between active and confirmed layers for a given LGA?
A: The 'confirmed cases' measure should be thought of as a running total of all COVID cases recorded. When a COVID-affected citizen recovers, the total number of active cases decreases for the corresponding LGA, however the total number of confirmed cases remains unchanged. This leads to discrepancies between the 24-hour change figures for a given LGA across active and confirmed layers.
The data on this website is an aggregation of publicly available information, issued by the Victorian
State Government. Mapping services are provided by Mapbox and OpenStreetMap.
A full list of acknowledgements is provided below.
Victoria State Government, Department of Health and Human Services:
The Australian Government, Open government data:
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), '3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2018-19':
We are not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with any
of the above mentioned organisations. All data is procured under the premise that it is to be used for
strictly educational, reporting and research purposes. All data is made available without expectation, or
intention, of generating commercial benefit or financial gain.
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