Last week the overall COVID-19 positive test rate in Mission Hill/Roxbury decreased steadily throughout January and the neighborhood’s weekly test rate is also down.
According to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) of the 38,390 Mission Hill/Roxbury residents tested for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, 10.7 percent are COVID positive. This was a 47 percent decrease from the 20.5 percent that were found to be positive overall at the end of December. .
Last week 1,949 residents were tested and 6.8 percent were positive – a 32 percent decrease from the 10 percent that had tested positive during the last week of December.
Citywide, 34,780 residents were tested and 6.8 percent were COVID positive–a 5.5 percent decrease from the 7.2 percent testing positive two weeks ago.
At a press briefing Monday Mayor Martin Walsh said while the numbers are moving in the right directions, residents still need to remain vigilant.
“The average number of positive tests each day was about 375, also down from the week before,” said Mayor Walsh. “Our current community positivity rate was 6.8 percent. That is lower than the week before, and down 1.6 percentage points over the last two weeks.”
The Mayor said that, throughout the pandemic, Boston has taken a cautious approach to reopening, and only moves forward with reopening if public health experts say it’s safe.
“In recent weeks, we’ve seen some improvement in our COVID numbers,” said Walsh. “That is why we are moving into Phase 3 Step 1 today (Monday). You can go to Boston.gov/Reopening to find the list of businesses allowed to reopen.”
The Mayor also mentioned that, last week, the State moved Boston from “high risk” to “moderate risk” on their map, which is encouraging news. However, Walsh warned that we must stay vigilant.
“The numbers could change any time,” he said. “Every single person has a role to play in keeping these numbers down. Everyone can take actions on a daily basis to protect themselves and their loved ones. He reminded everyone to wear a mask; social distance; wash your hands with soap and warm water; disinfect surfaces; and avoid gatherings.”
With Super Bowl Sunday coming up next weekend, he asked everyone to refrain from gathering with people outside your household. He also reminded everyone to make testing a part of your routine.
“We have over 30 testing sites including mobile sites that are free and open to all, regardless of symptoms. Visit Boston.gov or call 3-1-1 for complete details,” said Walsh.
The Mayor ended his press briefing by recognizing that February 1, marked one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Boston, and that none of us knew what to expect a year ago.
“The pandemic has turned our city, and our world, upside down,” said Walsh. “Living with this virus hasn’t been easy. It’s been especially hard for communities who have already faced deep, historic disparities in health and economic outcomes. And we’ve all had to make sacrifices. But we’ve also seen countless examples of Bostonians coming together. And that spirit helps us keep our chins up, when times are especially tough. We need that now more than ever, because the virus is still with us, and will be with us for a while longer. But look where we are — one year later, on February 1, 2021. Today, we’re moving forward with Phase 3, Step 1 of reopening — one step closer to helping our economy recover, and getting life back to normal. We’re opening two vaccination sites: a mass vaccination site at Fenway Park, which opens today, and soon, a vaccination clinic at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, which will expand into a mass vaccination site. Thousands of people have received the COVID-19 vaccine already, and we are working to make sure our most vulnerable residents get vaccinated as soon as possible. We also finally have a partner and leader in Washington who is committed to helping cities and states beat this virus. We have begun the process of healing. And we’re going to see it through, together. Thank you, again, to everyone for continuing to do your part, day in and out, to help us get through this crisis.”
The Mission Hill/Roxbury COVID-19 infection rate increased 45 percent throughout the month of January.
According to data released last Friday by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) the COVID-19 infection rate jumped from 648.7 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 941.1 cases per 10,000 residents during the month.
A total of 1,261 Mission Hill/Roxbury residents became infected with the virus throughout January and the number of cases increased from 2,798 to 4,059.
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 4.9 percent percent last week and went from 51,506 cases to 54,065 confirmed cases in a week. Thirty-four additional Boston residents died from the virus last week and there are now 1,167 total deaths in the city from COVID.