How many COVID-19 tests have been done in your neighbourhood?

Department of Health and Human Services data has broken down coronavirus testing rates by local government area for the first time.

The map below shows the testing rate for each of Victoria's 79 local government areas over the past fortnight. By default it shows Greater Melbourne but use the zoom controls to view data for rural and regional areas as well.

In local government areas with active coronavirus cases, testing rates were between 25 and 50 tests per 1000 residents over the past fortnight.

Testing rates tended to be lower in areas with few or no active cases and greater in areas with a higher infection rate.

In areas with the largest number of recent cases – Brimbank, Melton, Wyndham, Hobsons Bay and Darebin – testing rates are among the highest, ranging from 37 tests per 1000 residents in Hobsons Bay up to 49 per 1000 in Darebin.

In Melton, 453 tests were done each day on average and about one in every 20 people swabbed were found to have contracted COVID-19, the highest proportion for any municipality in the state.

Regional areas showed more variance in testing rates than metropolitan areas, although this is probably due to the small population size of these locations.

In the Northern Grampians the testing rate was about 53 tests per 1000 people but in real terms that translates to 600 tests over the two-week period. Fortunately for residents of this municipality, nobody has tested positive there in the past two weeks.

Of the major regional centres, Greater Bendigo had the highest testing rate of 47 per 1000 people, compared with 38 per 1000 in Greater Geelong, 44 in Ballarat and 41 in Shepparton.

Figures on testing rates at a local government area level will be published by the DHHS on a regular basis and the raw data can be found at this link.

On Monday, 13,060 tests for coronavirus were done in Victoria. Since the start of the pandemic there have been more than 2.1 million tests in Victoria and 18,464 people have tested positive for COVID-19 across the state.

You can use the interactive map below to find testing locations in your area:

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