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NSW COVID-19 cases data

COVID-19 cases datasets

This dataset provides COVID-19 cases by notification date and postcode, local health district, and local government area and likely source of infection. 

This dataset provides COVID-19 cases by notification date and postcode, local health district, and local government area.

This dataset provides COVID-19 cases by notification date and age range. Publication of some data in this dataset has been suppressed (before 9 March and after 24 April 2020) because the risk of gaining information about an individual in the dataset increases as the number of cases decreases. 

This dataset provides COVID-19 cases by notification date and likely source of infection. Publication of some data in this dataset has been suppressed (before 9 March 2020) or is being delayed because the risk of gaining information about an individual in the dataset increases as the number of cases decreases. 

Update: "Likely source of infection" categories update (20 November 2020)

NSW Health updated the “likely source of infection” categories for locally acquired cases from 19 November 2020, in order to align with Commonwealth reporting requirements. These changes are reflected in the NSW COVID-19 cases by location and likely source of infection dataset and the NSW COVID-19 cases by likely source of infection dataset.

Previous categories for locally acquired cases 

  • Locally acquired - contact of a confirmed case and/or in a known cluster
  • Locally acquired - source not identified

New categories for locally acquired cases (from 19 November onwards)

  • Locally acquired - linked to known case or cluster
  • Locally acquired - no links to known case or cluster
  • Locally acquired - investigation ongoing

There is no change to the other categories – “overseas”, “interstate” and “under investigation”.

About the data

The data is for confirmed COVID-19 cases only based on location of usual residence, not necessarily where the virus was contracted. The data excludes 189 cases in crew members who tested positive while on board a ship docked in NSW at the time of diagnosis.

The case definition of a confirmed case is a person who tests positive to a validated specific SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test or has the virus identified by electron microscopy or viral culture, at a reference laboratory. 

The details on source of infection are subject to change as public health investigations and case interviews are ongoing. Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.

The Government has obligations under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 in relation to the collection, use and disclosure of the personal, including the health information, of individuals. Information about NSW Privacy laws is available here: https://data.nsw.gov.au/understand-key-data-legislation.   

The information collected about confirmed cases does not include any information to directly identify individuals, such as their name, date of birth or address. However, it does include information about their age and sex and the location of their usual residence. Therefore, the underlying dataset was assessed to measure the risk of identifying an individual and to measure the information gained if it was known that an individual was in the dataset. The dataset was then treated to mitigate these risks, including suppressing and aggregating data. 

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