City and towns bordering Charlestown are experiencing some dramatic spikes in COVID-19 infections and the numbers here jumped slightly when compared to last week.
Last week, the COVID-19 infection rate in Charlestown rose 3.3 percent compared to the previous week. The last increase reported by the Charlestown Patriot Bridge on Aug. 19 was only 1.8 percent.
According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday Charlestown’s COVID infection rate went from 110.7 cases per 10,000 residents to 114.4 cases per 10,000 residents. The citywide average is 221 cases per 10,000 residents.
As of Friday only 7 more residents became infected with the virus in Charlestown and there were 222 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This was a 3.3 percent increase from the 215 cases reported by the BPHC two weeks ago.
Last week the BPHC reported that 3,972 residents were tested for COVID-19 and 1.9 percent of those tested were COVID positive. Data shows that overall since the pandemic began only 5.7 percent of residents tested were found to be COVID positive.
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 rose 2.3 percent last week from 14,916 cases to 15,263 cases. So far 11,480 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus and six additional residents died last week bringing the total of fatalities in the city to 752.