Last week, East Boston experienced one of the lowest rises in COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began in March.
While Eastie has been a COVID ‘hot spot’ with some of the highest infection rates in all of Boston things seem to be finally on the downswing.
According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday only 10 percent of residents tested positive for the virus and the rate of infection only rose by only 2.5 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 only 2.5 percent from 328 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 337 cases per 10,000 residents as of Friday.
As of Friday there were 1,582 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Eastie, up from the 1,542 cases reported by the BPHC the previous week.
Last week 5,822 residents were tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that 28.1 percent percent of those tested were COVID positive. down from the 29.3 percent reported last week.
Last week only 10.3 percent those tested in Eastie were found to be COVID positive, a 17 percent reduction from the previous week where 12.4 percent of residents were found to have the virus.
However, Eastie still leads the city in the percentage of residents testing positive for COVID-19. Neighborhoods like Mattapan, parts of Dorchester and Hyde Park all experienced a big drop in positive tests last week. For example only 3 percent of Mattapan residents tested last week were COVID positive.
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 1 percent from 13,186 cases to 13,326 cases in a week. So far 9,111 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus.
Deaths from COVID-19 rose 2 percent from 682 deaths to the 697 deaths reported last week.