The percentage of residents testing positive for COVID-19 in East Boston more than doubled last week and the neighborhood’s infection rate rose by 3.6 percent.
According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday, 8.8 percent of Eastie residents tested positive for the virus, up from four percent the previous week. East Boston’s rate of infection also rose by 3.6 percent last week after only rising 1.7 percent the previous week.
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 went from 367.8 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 381.2 cases per 10,000 residents as of Friday.
As of Friday 63 more people became infected with the virus in Eastie and there were 1,789 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This was up from the 1,726 cases reported by the BPHC the previous week.
Last week the BPHC reported that 9,315 residents were tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that 8.8 percent of those tested were COVID positive, a 120 percent increase from the previous week. Last week there was only a 25 percent increase in those testing positive for the virus. Overall since the pandemic began 19.9 percent of Eastie residents tested were found to be positive.
The statistics released by the BPHC as part of its weekly COVID19 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 two percent last week from 14,271 cases to 14,571 cases. So far 10,531 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus and nine additional residents died last week bringing the total of fatalities in the city to 741.