Victoria’s latest postcode data shows active coronavirus cases are continuing their welcome downward trend across Melbourne’s hotspot suburbs.
Postcode 3029 continues to top the chart as the area with the highest number of active COVID-19 cases for the fifth week running.
The postcode in Melbourne’s west, which includes the suburbs of Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing and Truganina, has 177 active cases.
This is down by 101 on last week’s tally of 278.
It is also down markedly on the postcode’s high of 463 a fortnight ago.
The area has 46 more active cases than the second-highest postcode on the list, 3030, which includes Werribee and Point Cook. That postcode has 131 active cases.
But there, too, active COVID-19 case numbers have dropped, down from 210 last week.
Only five postcodes with more than 100 active cases
This week’s postcode data also shows that there are now just five postcodes with more than 100 coronavirus cases.
That compares favourably with last week, when there were nine Melbourne postcodes with more than 100 active cases, and a fortnight ago when 16 Melbourne postcodes had over 100 cases.
In postcode 3037, encompassing Sydenham, Delahey, Taylors Hill and Calder Park, there are 109 active cases, down from 138 last Thursday.
The weekly postcode data, released by Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), represents the postcodes where infected individuals live, not where they were infected.
Active COVID-19 cases down in most postcodes
Moving down a spot on the list from third to fourth this week is postcode 3064, with the suburbs of Craigieburn, Donnybrook, Kalkallo, Mickleham and Roxburgh Park.
It now has 104 active cases, down from 163 last week.
Hovering just about the 100 mark is postcode 3020, which includes Albion, Sunshine and Sunshine West, where there are 102 cases.
But that’s down from 136 cases last week and 220 a fortnight ago.
The data, which showed case levels were generally lower across the board, was released on Thursday, when the state’s daily figure of 113 new cases was the lowest daily increase since July 5.
There are now 391 active cases in healthcare workers, 198 active cases across regional Victoria and 1,412 active cases linked to aged care settings.
The data can be skewed by large clusters in locations such as nursing homes, like Epping Gardens Aged Care Facility, where a coronavirus outbreak affected more than 200 residents and staff.
Epping, postcode 3076 and home to Epping Gardens, has also dropped this week to 87 active cases, down from 102 last week and 160 on August 13.
Another area that had previously recorded a total well over 100 is postcode 3073, home to Reservoir, where there are now 79 cases — down from 106 cases this time last week.
There has also been a marked drop in cases in postcode 3023, which includes Caroline Springs, Deer Park, Ravenhall, Cairnlea and Burnside in Melbourne’s west.
There are now 57 active cases in the area, compared to 124 cases last week and 210 a fortnight ago.
However, some postcodes recorded small increases in active cases.
Most notably, in Parkville, postcode 3052, where active cases are up by 13 this week to 39, compared to 26 this time last week.