JP’s Cumulative Positive Test Rate Remains the Same: Weekly Test Rate Increases Slightly

Last week the cumulative COVID-19 positive test rate in Jamaica Plain remained the same but the weekly positive test rate increased slightly according to the latest data released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) last Friday.

According to the data 33,743 Jamaica Plain residents have been tested for COVID since the pandemic began and 7.6 percent overall were found to be positive–this was the same positive test rate as reported by the BPHC on February 19.

Last week 2,269 Jamaica Plain residents were tested and 1.3 percent were found to be COVID positive– a 8 percent increase from the 1.2 percent reported by the BPHC on February 19.

Citywide, ​​​​28,793 residents were tested and 3.6 percent were COVID positive–a 2.85 percent increase from the 3.5 percent testing positive two weeks ago but still below the five percent threshold of concern.

With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon Mayor Martin Walsh told Boston residents to remain vigilant during one of the city’s most celebrated holidays.

      The Mayor said that everyone has a role to play in keeping themselves and others safe by wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and continuing to practice social distancing and avoid gatherings.

      He said that all of these things are especially important with St. Patrick’s Day coming up. Mayor said the parade is canceled, and there should be no large gatherings of any kind. The limits on private gatherings remain at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Restrictions remain in place at restaurants, including those that are typically busy on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be 90-minute limits on seating, and the City won’t allow lines outside restaurants. The City will be enforcing safety protocols.

The Mayor also made an appeal to the people of Boston to do the right thing and not host or attend gatherings for St. Patrick’s Day. He said:

“We’ve made so much progress in bringing our numbers down. More people are getting vaccinated and the warm weather is coming,” said Walsh. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel. So please, don’t put our progress at risk because you want to have a St. Patrick’s Day party. We’ll have plenty of opportunities to celebrate when the pandemic is all over. But right now, we need to focus on keeping one another safe and getting through this final stage. Please do your part to protect our city.”

According to the BPHC data, Jamaica Plain’s infection rate increased 2.6 percent since February 19.

Jamaica Plain went from 618.6 cases per 10,000 residents to 634.7 cases per 10,000 residents.

An additional 65 Jamaica Plain residents became infected with COVID-19 since February 19 and the number of total cases here went from 2,498 cases to 2,563 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 2.2 percent  percent last week and went from  58,901 cases to 60,221 confirmed cases in a week. Twenty-two additional Boston residents died from the virus last week and there are now 1,295 total deaths in the city from COVID.

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