JP’s positive test rate continues steady decline

By John Lynds 

Jamaica Plain’s weekly COVID-19 positive test rate continues to drop according to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) last Friday. 

According to the latest data 870 Jamaica Plain residents were tested last week and there were zero positive cases. 

Of the 38,510 Jamaica Plain residents tested for COVID since the pandemic began, 7.7 percent overall were found to be positive–this was a 1.3 percentage decrease from the 7.8 percent reported by the BPHC on June 10. 

Citywide, the weekly positive test rate decreased. According to the BPHC 12,562 residents were tested and 0.6 percent were COVID positive–this was a 45 percent increase from the 1.1 percent positive test rate reported by the BPHC two weeks ago.

According to the BPHC data, Jamaica Plain’s infection rate increased 0.2 percent since June 10 Jamaica Plain went from 732.1 cases per 10,000 residents to 732.3 cases per 10,000 residents. 

One additional Jamaica Plain resident became infected with COVID-19 since June 10 and the number of total cases here went from 2,956 cases to 2,957 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 0.06 percent last week and went from 70,906 cases to 70,967 confirmed cases in a week. Two additional Boston residents died from the virus last week and there are now 1,391 total deaths in the city from COVID.

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