Weekly COVID Positive Test Rate Climbs, But Still below 1 Percent

East Boston’s weekly COVID positive test has been one percent or below for a month now but increased 20 percent last week according to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

Last week, 1,181 Eastie residents were tested for the virus last week and 0.6 percent were positive–a 20 percent increase from the 0.5 percent reported by the BPHC two weeks ago but still below once percent.

Of the 42,788 Eastie residents tested for COVID since the pandemic began, 18.2 percent overall were found to be positive for the virus. This was a decrease of 0.55 percent from the 18.3 percent reported by the BPHC two weeks ago.

Citywide, the weekly positive test rate decreased. According to the BPHC 12,562 residents were tested and 0.6 percent were COVID positive–this was a 45 percent increase from the 1.1 percent positive test rate reported by the BPHC two weeks ago.

Eastie’s COVID infection rate remained the same as two weeks ago with 1,651.7cases per 10,000 residents and there are now 7,751 confirmed cases in the neighborhood since the start of the pandemic.

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 0.06 percent last week and went from 70,906 cases to 70,951 confirmed cases in a week. Two additional Boston residents died from the virus last week and there are now 1,391 total deaths in the city from COVID.

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