The COVID-19 infection rate in Beacon Hill and surrounding neighborhoods has increased 2.5 percent in one week according to the latest city statistics.
According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday Beacon Hill, as well as the North End, West End, Back Bay and Downtown the infection rate rose 2.5 percent since last week. The last increase week over week was 1.7 percent.
The BPHC data released last Friday showed Beacon Hill, North End, West End, Back Bay and Downtown had an infection rate of 107.7 cases per 10,000 residents, up from 105 cases per 10,000 residents last Friday.
The number of confirmed cases in the area increased from 588 cases to 600 cases as of last Friday.
However, compared to other neighborhoods Beacon Hill, North End, West End, Back Bay and Downtown have the second lowest infection rates among residents second to only Fenway.
Beacon Hill is also still well below the city’s average infection rate of 236.3 cases per 10,000 residents.
Last week the BPHC reported that 19,018 Beacon Hill, North End, West End, Back Bay and Downtown residents were tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that only 0.9 percent of those tested were COVID positive.
Overall since the pandemic began 3.2 percent of Beacon Hill, North End, West End, Back Bay and Downtown residents were found to be COVID positive.
At his daily press briefing Tuesday Mayor Martin Walsh noted COVID-19 is still with us, and this is why the city will continue to put public health first and make equity a priority in its response, to help those who are hardest hit.
“We are working to build back stronger than before, and come out of this pandemic a healthier and more equitable city than we entered it,” he said.
The statistics released by the BPHC as part of its weekly COVID-19 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 rose only 1.2 percent last week from 16,106 cases to 16,310 cases. So far 12,827 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus and five additional residents died last week bringing the total of fatalities in the city to 759.