East Boston’s COVID weekly positive test rate increased once again as public health officials grapple to curb the latest surge of infections due to highly contagious sub variants of the virus.
According to the latest data by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) Eastie’s weekly COVID infection rate has been steadily increasing for well over a month.
Last week, 629 Eastie residents were tested for the virus last week and 10.7 percent were positive–this was a 13 percent increase from the 9.5 percent that tested positive between July 11 and July 18.
Sixty-seven additional Eastie residents contracted the virus between July 18 and July 25 and there have now been 16,134 confirmed cases in the neighborhood since the start of the pandemic.
Boston’s citywide weekly positive test rate also increased last week
According to the BPHC, 11,265 Boston residents tested citywide and 9.9 percent were positive—a one percent increase from the 9.8 percent that tested positive between
July 4 and July 11.
Adult COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Boston are now averaging 146.6 per day–up 3.5 percent from the previous week. This metric helps the BPHC understand the burden of serious COVID-19 cases among adults resulting in inpatient care in Boston hospitals. It includes the total number of adult hospitalizations among Boston and non-Boston residents for COVID-19.
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 0.4 percent last week and went from 196,932 to 197,686 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.
There were three additional deaths in Boston from the virus in the past week and the total number of COVID deaths is now at 1,498.