As the number of hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 continue to decline, East Boston still remains a virus hotspot within the city limits and cases of the virus rose nearly 10 percent in one week.
On Friday the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) released its weekly COVID-19 stats by neighborhood.
In one week Eastie’s COVID-19 infection rate rose 8.3 percent from 273 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 295.6 cases per 10,000 residents as of Friday.
As of Friday there were 1,387 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Eastie, up from the 1,281 cases reported by the BPHC the previous week.
Last week, 4,137 Eastie residents were tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that 34.5 percent of those tested were positive. Eastie still leads the city in the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 followed by parts of Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park.
The statistics released by the BPHC as part of its weekly COVID-19 report breaks down the number of cases and infection rates in each neighborhood. It also breaks down the number of cases by age, gender and race.
Eastie was second only to Hyde Park as the neighborhood with the highest infection rate in the city. Hyde Park’s infection rate was 298 cases per 10,000 residents. However, Eastie still had over 300 more cases than Hyde Park.
Citywide there have been 12,511 positive cases of coronavirus, up 4.5 percent from the 11,958 cases reported last week. So far, 5,984 of these 12,511 residents have fully recovered.
Deaths from COVID-19 rose 5 percent from 587 deaths to 618 deaths last week.