With hundreds of East Bostonians gathering with friends and family over Thanksgiving weekend, public health officials are keeping a close eye for increases in COVID-19 infections in the neighborhood.
While East Boston’s weekly COVID positive test rate decreased last week, health experts say the search for isolated spikes in infections may not show up until next week’s report if some residents were exposed to the virus over the Holiday Weekend.
Last week, 1,987 Eastie residents were tested for the virus last week and 4.2 percent were positive–this was a 2.3 percent decrease from the 4.3 percent that tested positive as reported by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on November 22.
However, the citywide weekly positive test rate increased last week. According to the BPHC 27,014 residents were tested and four percent were COVID positive–this was a 5.3 percent increase from the 3.8 percent reported by the BPHC on November 15.
Eighty-three additional residents contracted the virus between November 22 and November 29 and there are now 8,771 confirmed cases in the neighborhood since the start of the pandemic. The statistics released by the BPHC as part of its weekly COVID19 report