The number of East Boston residents testing positive for COVID-19 has dropped for the second week in a row and the neighborhood’s infection rate remains stable according to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday.
According to the BPHC only 4.8 percent of Eastie residents tested positive for the virus, down from 7.3 percent, and the rate of infection only rose by 3.2 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 from 348.4 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 359.7 cases per 10,000 residents as of Friday.
As of Friday 53 more people became infected with the virus in Eastie and there were 1,688 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This was up from the 1,635 cases reported by the BPHC the previous week.
Last week, the BPHC reported that 7,625 residents were tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that only 4.8 percent percent of those tested were COVID positive. Overall since the pandemic began 23 percent of Eastie residents tested were found to be positive. This was down from 24 percent reported last week.
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 2.2 percent from 13,556 cases to 13,856 cases in a week. So far 9,898 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus and 722 residents have died.