Weekly Positive Test Rate in Mission Hill/Roxbury Now Over 4 Percent

With the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus running rampant across the U.S. and recent infections in Boston traced back to an outbreak in Provincetown over July 4th weekend, Mission Hill/Roxbury have seen breakthrough infections among vaccinated people skyrocket.

While targeted vaccination efforts reduced positive cases among residents to almost non-existent levels a few months ago it seems the party is over as the weekly positive test rate here is now over 4 percent.

According to the weekly Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) weekly COVID reports, no Mission Hill/Roxbury residents tested positive for the virus between June 18 and June 25.

However, the report released last Friday shows 980 residents were tested last week and 4.1 percent tested positive.

Of the 49,708 Mission Hill/Roxbury residents tested for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, 11.3 percent were COVID positive. This was a 1.7 percent decrease from the 11.5 percent that were found to be positive overall on June 25.

Citywide, the weekly positive test rate increased over 30 percent. According to the BPHC 15,872 residents were tested and 2.9  percent were COVID positive–this was a 32 percent increase from the 2.2 percent reported by the BPHC two weeks ago.

The Mission Hill/Roxbury COVID-19 infection rate increased 1.5 percent throughout the month of July.

According to data released last Friday by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) the COVID-19 infection rate went from 1,273.2 cases per 10,000 residents to an infection rate of 1,292.4 cases per 10,000 residents during the month.

An additional 83 Mission Hill/Roxbury residents became infected with the virus since June 25 and the number of cases increased from 5,491 to 5,574 cases overall since the pandemic began. 

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 0.95 percent since July 23 and went from  71,846 cases to 72,529 confirmed cases in a week. Four additional Boston residents died from the virus in the past two weeks and there are now 1,400 total deaths in the city from COVID.

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