East Boston’s weekly COVID 19 positive test rate increased another 10 percent after reporting a 20 percent increase three weeks ago.
According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), last week, 2,017 Eastie residents were tested for the virus last week and 6.6 percent were positive — a 10 percent increase from the six percent reported by the BPHC two weeks ago. The latest spike comes after Eastie reported an increase of 16 percent and 20 percent respectively week over week since late last month.
Of the 38,062 Eastie residents tested for COVID since the pandemic began, 19 percent overall were found to be positive for the virus. This was an increase of half a point from the 18.9 percent reported by the BPHC two weeks ago.
However, positive test rates citywide decreased but still remain at the five percent threshold. According to the BPHC,28,091 residents were tested and five percent were COVID positive–this was a 3.8 percent decrease from the 5.2 percent positive test rate reported by the BPHC two weeks ago. The 5 percent threshold has been used to plan Boston’s phased reopening strategies.
Eastie’s COVID infection rate increased by 2 percent last week and went from 1,522.3 cases per 10,000 residents to 1553.2 cases per 10,000 residents.
An additional 175 Eastie residents contracted the virus and there are now 7,289 confirmed cases, up from the 7,144 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 65,474 cases to 66,977 confirmed cases in a week. Five additional Boston residents died from the virus last week and there are now 1,358 total deaths in the city from COVID.