It appears as though Boston is heading into another wave of COVID 19 infections as the weekly positive test rate in East Boston spiked another 20 percent last week
According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), last week,1,776 Eastie residents were tested for the virus last week and 6 percent were positive–a 20 percent increase from the 5 percent reported by the BPHC two weeks ago. The latest spike comes after a 16 percent spike the week prior.
Of the 37,548 Eastie residents tested for COVID since the pandemic began, 18.9 percent overall were found to be positive for the virus. This was the same percentage reported by the BPHC two weeks ago.
Positive test rates continue to rise citywide. According to the BPHC 28,007 residents were tested and 5.2 percent were COVID positive–this was a 23.8 percent increase from the 4.2 percent positive test rate reported by the BPHC two weeks ago. This was the first time in weeks the city went above its 5 percent threshold used to plan Boston’s phased reopening strategies.
On Monday the Baker-Polito Administration announced that residents 55 and over and residents with one certain medical condition will be eligible for the COVID vaccine beginning on April 5.
In addition, the Administration announced that Massachusetts will adopt the CDC’s updated list of medical conditions. This week, the CDC added more medical conditions that are linked to an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Massachusetts will adopt this guidance and make individuals eligible starting April 5th if they have one of these medical conditions. As a result of adopting the CDC’s list, more residents will be eligible starting April 5th.
The full list of conditions can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html and the full timeline of the state’s vaccine rollout is available at mass.gov/COVIDVaccinePhases.
Eastie’s COVID infection rate increased by only 1.6 percent last week and went from 1,498.6 cases per 10,000 residents to 1,522.3 cases per 10,000 residents.
An additional 116 Eastie residents contracted the virus and there are now 7,144 confirmed cases, up from the 7,028 reported two weeks ago.
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 increased 2.7 percent percent last week and went from 63,748 cases to 65,474confirmed cases in a week. Twelve additional Boston residents died from the virus last week and there are now 1,353 total deaths in the city from COVID.