After dropping for three straight weeks the percentage of residents testing positive for COVID-19 in East Boston is starting to once again climb as is the neighborhood’s infection rate.
According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday four percent of Eastie residents tested positive for the virus, up from 3.2 percent. East Boston’s rate of infection also rose by 1.7 percent last week after only rising 0.5 percent the previous week.
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 361.6 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 367.8 cases per 10,000 residents as of Friday.
As of Friday, 29 more people became infected with the virus in Eastie and there were 1,726 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This was up from the 1,697 cases reported by the BPHC the previous week.
Last week the BPHC reported that 8,579 residents were tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that four percent of those tested were COVID positive, a 25 percent increase. Overall since the pandemic began 20.9 percent of Eastie residents tested were found to be positive. This was down from 22 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 2 percent last week from 13,995 cases to 14,271 cases. So far 10,309 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus and five additional residents died last week bringing the total of fatalities in the city to 732