East Boston residents testing positive for COVID-19 dropped for the third week in a row and the neighborhood’s infection rate has seemed to level out a bit according to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday.
According to the BPHC only 3.2 percent of Eastie residents tested positive for the virus, down from 4.8 percent, and the rate of infection only rose by only 0.5 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 went from 359.7 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 361.6 cases per 10,000 residents as of Friday.
As of Friday only nine more people became infected with the virus in Eastie and there were 1,697 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This was up from the 1,688 cases reported by the BPHC the previous week.
Last week the BPHC reported that 7,903 residents were tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that only 3.2 percent percent of those tested were COVID positive. Overall since the pandemic began 22 percent of Eastie residents tested were found to be positive. This was down from 23 percent reported last week.
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 last week from 13,856 cases to 13,995 cases. So far 10,063 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus and three additional residents died last week bringing the total of fatalities in the city to 727.