East Boston still remains a COVID-19 hotspot, and is at the top of the city’s list of the neighborhood with the highest COVID-19 infection rate in Boston according to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday.
However, only 12 percent of residents tested positive for the virus in Eastie last week and the rate of infection only rose by 3 percent last week.
On Friday the BPHC released its weekly COVID-19 statistics by neighborhood that tracks infection rates and COVID testing results in Boston neighborhoods.
In one week Eastie’s COVID-19 infection rate rose only 3 percent from 318.6 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 328.6 cases per 10,000 residents as of Friday.
As of Friday there were 1,542 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Eastie, up from the 1,485 cases reported by the BPHC the previous week.
Since testing was ramped up in Eastie several weeks ago 5,383 residents have been tested for COVID-19 so far, and the data shows that 29.3 percent percent of those tested were COVID positive, down from the 30 percent reported last week.
Last week only 12.4 percent of those tested in Eastie were found to be COVID positive.
However, Eastie still leads the city in the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 followed by parts of Mattapan Dorchester 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.
Citywide positive cases of coronavirus rose only 1.2 percent from 13,026 cases to 13,186 in a week. So far 8,214 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus.
Deaths from COVID-19 rose 2.4 percent from 666 deaths to the 682 deaths reported last week.