Eastie’s Weekly COVID Positive Test-Rate Still Hovers Near 10 Percent

While East Boston’s weekly COVID positive test rate dropped slightly last week it is still hovering near 10 percent. Boston health officials have been battling against the recent surge in cases due to a new, more contagious variant. Citywide 1 out of every 10 people tested for the virus was found to be positive.

Last week, 1,143 Eastie residents were tested for the virus last week and 9.6  percent were positive–this was a 10  percent decrease from the 10.7 percent that tested positive as reported by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on May 9 but well above the 5 percent threshold the CDC and BPHC have been using to decide if indoor restrictions need to be reimplemented.

One hundred ten additional Eastie residents contracted the virus between May 9 and May 16 and there are now 15,289 confirmed cases in the neighborhood since the start of the pandemic.

Boston’s citywide weekly positive test rate increased last week and is now over 10 percent.

According to the BPHC 18,119 residents were tested citywide last week and 10.8 percent were COVID positive–this was a 23 percent increase from the 8.8 percent that reportedly tested positive for the week ending on May 9.

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 1.7 percent last week and went from 181,346 to 184,415 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. 

There were three additional deaths in Boston from the virus in the past week and the total number of COVID deaths is now at 1,462.

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