Charlestown’s Weekly COVID Positive Test Rate Drops by 55 Percent

Charlestown’s weekly COVID-19 positive test rate decreased significantly according to the latest data released on Friday by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

According to the BPHC report, last week 655 residents were tested and 1.8 percent were positive. This was a 55 percent decrease from the 4 percent that tested positive two Fridays ago. Between April 2 and April 9 the weekly rate spiked 97 percent and went from 3.4 percent to 6.7 percent.

According to the weekly report, of the 15,116 Charlestown residents tested for the virus since the pandemic began 9.2 percent were found to be positive by last Friday. This was the same percentage reported by the BPHC two Fridays ago.

Citywide, the weekly positive test rate decreased once again. According to the BPHC 19,498 residents were tested and 3.5 percent were COVID positive–this was a 2.8 percent decrease from the 4.6 percent positive test rate reported by the BPHC two weeks ago.

The BPHC data released last Friday showed Charlestown’s infection went from 705.1 cases per 10,000 residents to 711.3 cases per 10,000 residents–a 0.88 percent increase.

An additional 12 residents became infected with the virus last week bringing the total to 1381 confirmed cases in the neighborhood.

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 last week and went from 68,795 cases to 69,501 confirmed cases in a week. Six additional Boston residents died from the virus last week and there are now 1,370 total deaths in the city from COVID.

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