Jamaica Plain’s weekly COVID test rate increases

After experiencing only a 20 percent spike in the weekly COVID test rate in mid October the percentage of those testing positive in Jamaica Plain increased over 50 percent between October 25 and November 1.

According to the weekly report released by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) 1,677 Jamaica Plain residents were tested last week and 1.7 percent were found to be positive. This was a 55.5 percent increase from the 1.1 percent that tested positive between October 11 and October 18.

However, the citywide weekly positive test rate decreased last week. According to the BPHC 22,358 residents were tested and 2.1 percent were COVID positive–this was a 8.7 percent decrease from the 2.3 percent reported by the BPHC on October 25.

Twenty-nine additional Jamaica Plain residents became infected with COVID-19 since October 18 and the number of total cases here went from 3,437 cases to 3,466 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 1 percent since October 25 and went from 82,855 cases to 83,753 confirmed cases in a week. There were six additional deaths in Boston from the virus in the past week and the total COVID deaths is now at 1,453.

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