Is there Covid near you?
The NSW Government has been releasing data showing cases of Covid-19 by suburb. It’s quite interesting, but it just gives totals over time; it doesn’t tell you whether there’s been activity near you recently. My own suburb hasn’t changed the numbers since the data was first released over a month ago because the same four cases are still active, even though they are now old news in terms of being a danger to anyone walking down the street.
So, Actuarial Eye asked me to make a map that shows the recent activity on a map. ‘Sure,’ I said, having vast gobbets of free lock-down time available – ‘that’ll be simple’. It turned out to be less simple than expected thanks to the government API not working as advertised and errors in the underlying dataset (postcodes that don’t exist for example). But thanks to some timely intervention from a friend, we got there in the end.
Covid Near Me shows reported cases from the last 14 days as a default, or seven days if you wish. That gives you some warning if you are in the midst of a hot-bed of Covid activity. Right now there’s only scattered cases and so it’s probably less useful than it would be if we get hit with a full-on second wave in a week or two’s time.
Still, a fun undertaking and quite reassuring personally to know there’re no cases anywhere near me at the moment. So, I’m off to do the grocery shopping now…