Officials Give Back Bay COVID Update numbers

Last week the cumulative COVID-19 positive test rate in Back Bay and the surrounding neighborhoods increased while the weekly positive test rate decreased slightly.  

According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) last Friday, overall since the pandemic started 40,555 Back Bay, North End, Beacon Hill, West End and Downtown residents have been tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that 5.1 percent of those tested were COVID positive–a 6.25 percent increase from the 4.8 percent two weeks ago. 

Last week 5,151 residents were tested and 3.6 were positive–a 5.2 percent decrease from the 3.8 reported two Fridays ago. 

Citywide, 50,439 residents were tested and 7.6 percent were found to be COVID positive last week. 

The infection rate in the Back Bay and surrounding neighborhoods increased 9 percent in one week according to the latest city statistics. 

The BPHC data released last Friday showed Back Bay, North End, Beacon Hill, West End and Downtown had an infection rate of 380.8 cases per 10,000 residents, up from 349 cases per 10,000 residents. 

One hundred seventy-seven additional residents became infected with the virus last week and the total number of cases in the area increased from 1,945 cases to 2,122 cases as of last Friday. 

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.

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