Eastie’s Positive COVID-19 Test Rate Declines, But Just Below 10 Percent

Eastie experienced a 24 percent decrease in COVID-19 positive test rates last week according to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).  Eastie still remains one of the top ‘hot spots’ in the City of Boston. 

Two weeks ago, Eastie posted a 120 percent increase in the positive test rates among residents with 11.9 percent of those tested for the virus testing positive. 

Last Friday the BPHC reported that of the 20,720 Eastie residents tested for COVID last week nine percent were found to be positive for the virus, a 24 percent decrease. Overall since the pandemic began 13.5 percent of Eastie residents here have been found to be positive. 

The citywide positive test rate was up 25 percent and went from 6.2 percent of Boston residents testing positive for the virus to 7.8 percent. 

Eastie’s infection rate rose by four percent according to the data released by the BPHC last Friday. Eastie’s COVID infection rate went from 556.8 cases per 10,000 residents to 579.8 cases per 10,000 residents. The last increase two weeks ago was 3.4 percent.  The citywide average is 296.8 cases per 10,000 residents and Eastie still has one of the highest infection rates in all of Boston. 

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 last week were set at 21,206 cases and deaths from the virus were totaled at 871. This seems like a huge jump from last week’s numbers but the BPHC explained the numbers posted Tuesday “include a one-time increase that is part of an ongoing effort to ensure data accuracy in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The additional cases are no longer active and were contacted appropriately when the individual tested positive. The additional deaths are spread out over the last three to six months.”

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