COVID-19 Update for Beacon Hill

After reporting a seven percent increase in the COVID-19 infection rate in Beacon Hill two weeks ago the infection rate here has only risen slightly.

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 only 1.5 percent since last reported.

On Friday the BPHC released its weekly COVID-19 stats by neighborhood that tracks infection rates and COVID testing results in Boston neighborhoods.

The BPHC data released last Friday showed Beacon Hill, North End, West End, Back Bay and Downtown had an infection rate of 93.1 cases per 10,000 residents, up from 91.7 cases per 10,000 residents two week ago.

The number of confirmed cases in the area increased from 511 cases two weeks ago to 519 cases.

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 207.4 cases per 10,000 residents.

The stats 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.

Last week the BPHC reported that 9,148 Beacon Hill, North End, West End, Back Bay and Downtown residents were tested for COVID-19 and the data shows that less people tested positive than two weeks ago. Two weeks ago 2.1 percent of those tested in the area were COVID positive but last week only 0.9 percent tested positive, a 57 percent decrease. 

Overall since the pandemic began 5.9 percent of Beacon Hill, North End, West End, Back Bay and Downtown residents were found to be COVID positive. This was down from 6.5 percent reported last week.

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 2 percent last week from 13,995 cases to 14,271 cases. So far 10,309 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus and five additional residents died last week bringing the total of fatalities in the city to 732.

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