Two weeks ago, the Back Bay and the surrounding area’s COVID weekly positive test rate dropped 25 percent and the positive cases continued to drop and dipped for a second week in a row.
According to the weekly report released Monday by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), 2,358 Back Bay, Beacon Hill, North End, West End and Downtown residents were tested and 1.4 percent were positive. This was a 22 percent decrease from the 1.8 percent of residents that tested positive between September 27 and October 4.
Citywide, the weekly positive test rate also decreased last week. According to the BPHC 23,542 residents were tested and 2.5 percent were COVID positive–this was a 7.4 percent decrease from the 2.7 percent reported by the BPHC on October 4.
Thirty-three additional residents have been infected with the virus between September 27 and October 4 and the total number of cases in the area increased to 4,333 cases overall since the pandemic began.
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 1 percent since October 4 and went from 80,885 cases to 81,716 confirmed cases in a week. There were nine additional deaths in Boston from the virus in the past week and the total COVID deaths is now at 1,438.