COVID-19 Infection Rate up 3.5 Percent in Charlestown

Charlestown’s COVID-19 infection rate and those testing positive for the virus rose slightly last week but still remain well below the citywide average.

Last week, the COVID-19 infection rate in Charlestown rose 3.5 percent and according to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) on Friday.

Two weeks ago Charlestown’s infection rate rose only by 2.1 percent.

According to the BPHC’s data the neighborhood’s COVID infection rate went from 116.9 cases per 10,000 residents to 121 cases per 10,000 residents. The citywide average is 231.5 cases per 10,000 residents.

As of Friday eight more residents became infected with the virus in Charlestown and there were 235 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Two weeks ago only five additional Charlestown residents contracted the virus.

In addition the percentage of Charlestown residents testing positive for COVID increased. Last week the BPHC reported that 4,815 residents were tested for COVID-19 and 2.1 percent of those tested were COVID positive. This was above the citywide average of 1.7 percent for confirmed cases among those tested. Two weeks ago only 1.3 percent tested positive for the virus. Data shows that overall since the pandemic began only 5 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 2.1 percent last week from 15,625 cases to 15,967 cases. So far 12,366 Boston residents have fully recovered from the virus and the deaths from COVID remain at 754.

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