Jamaica Plain’s Positive Test Rate Down

Jamaica Plain’s COVID positive test rate decreased 25 percent since Nov. 20 according to the latest stats released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC).

     Last week the BPHC reported that of the 24,579 Jamaica Plain residents tested for COVID 5.3 percent were found to be positive–a decrease of 25 percent from the 7.1 percent reported in the final weeks of last month. The citywide average is 5 percent of those tested–a 50 percent decrease from the 10.2 percent reported last Friday.

     At his daily press briefing Tuesday, Mayor Martin Walsh said that in the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Boston’s numbers went in the right direction.

     “But, we expect to see an increase when the impact of Thanksgiving activity makes it into the testing data,” said Walsh.

     He said the City will be monitoring that data closely as it comes in.

     “In the meantime, we all have to do everything we can to prevent the virus from spreading, by taking our collective and individual precautions as seriously as ever,” said Walsh.

     According to the BPHC data, Jamaica Plain’s infection rate increased 22.7 percent.

     Jamaica Plain went from 285.8 cases per 10,000 residents on Nov. 20 to 308.5 cases per 10,000 residents–or a 22.7 percent increase. 

     Ninety-two additional Jamaica Plain residents became infected with COVID-19 in the past two weeks and the number of total cases here went from 1,154 cases two weeks ago to 1,246 cases last week.

     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 1.5 percent last week and went from 27,635 to 28,053 confirmed cases. Twenty-six Boston residents died from the virus and there are now 925 total deaths in the city from COVID.

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