It seems the city’s “B Together” mandate that requires all employees and patrons at indoor venues to show proof of vaccination is having an impact on COVID infections in Mission Hill/Roxbury and across the city. The mandate, which kicked off early in January, has been in effect for nearly three weeks and the weekly COVID positive test rate has decreased in the neighborhood and across the city once again.
Sadly, deaths from COVID in Boston increased once again and it is becoming more evident that the virus is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated.
Two weeks ago over nearly 3 out of every 10 residents tested for the virus turned out to be positive but last week only 2 out of every 10 Mission Hill/Roxbury residents tested were positive.
According to the weekly report released Monday by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), 2,014 Mission Hill/Roxbury residents were tested and 19.3 percent were positive. This was a 32.5 percent decrease from the 28.6 percent that tested positive between Jan. 17 and 24.
Three hundred eighty nine additional residents have been infected with the virus between January 24 and January 31 and the total number of cases in the area increased to 11,877 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 4 percent last week and went from 151,584 cases to 157,675 confirmed cases in a week.
However, there were 36 additional deaths in Boston from the virus in the past week and the total COVID deaths is now at 1,624. Deaths increased 6 percent in Boston last week, two more than the 34 deaths reported by the BPHC two weeks ago.