Those testing positive for COVID-19 in East Boston dropped by almost two percent last week, and the infection rate in the neighborhood remains steady according to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday.
According to the BPHC only 5.4 percent of residents tested positive for the virus, down from 7.3 percent, and the rate of infection only rose by 1.8 percent.
On Friday the BPHC released its weekly COVID-19 stats by neighborhood that tracks infection rates and COVID testing results in Boston neighborhoods.
In one week Eastie’s COVID-19 infection rate rose only 1.8 percent from 348.4 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 354.8 cases per 10,000 residents as of Friday.
As of Friday there were 1,665 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Eastie, up slightly from the 1,635 cases reported by the BPHC the previous week.
Last week the BPHC reported that 7,083 residents were tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that only 5.4 percent percent of those tested were COVID positive. Overall since the pandemic began around a quarter of Eastie residents tested were found to be positive. This was down from 28.1 percent reported two weeks ago.
However, Eastie still leads the city in the percentage of residents testing positive for COVID-19. Former neighborhood COVID ‘hotspots’ like Hyde Park reported on 2.3 percent of residents testing positive.
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 1.2 percent from 13,556 cases reported last week to 13,723 confirmed cases. So far 9,710 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus.
Boston experienced no deaths from COVID-19 last week.