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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): The Latest

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OVERVIEW:

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID-19 (formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory virus that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December of 2019. The City of Boston and BPHC have extended the public health emergency declaration until further notice

Boston's Latest Numbers (As of September 17, 2020): (Updated Monday-Friday)

  • 16,430 confirmed cases 

  • 13,045 recovered

  • 759 deaths

Click here for the BPHC 09-10-2020 Weekly COVID-19 Report

Boston Race/Ethnicity Case Data: 

(Updated Monday-Friday)

Race/Ethnicity

Known Cases

Percentage of Known Cases

Asian/PI

551

4%

Black/African-American

4,806

33%

Latinx/Hispanic

4,491

31%

Other

980

7%

White

3,690

25%

Total Race/Ethnicity Identified Cases in Boston

14,518

88.4% of total cases in Boston have known Race/Ethnicity data

Total Cases in Boston 

16,430

 


Boston Race/Ethnicity Death Data: 

(Updated Monday-Friday)

Race/Ethnicity

Deaths

Percentage of Known Deaths

Asian/PI

51

7%

Black/African-American

263

35%

Latinx/Hispanic

88

12%

Other

22

3%

White

334

44%

Total Race/Ethnicity Identified Deaths in Boston

758

99.9% of total deaths in Boston have known Race/Ethnicity data

Total Deaths in Boston

759

 


Although complete data on race and ethnicity among COVID-19 positive cases in Boston residents has not been reported to the City of Boston, the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is actively working to collect available data for public release.

NOTE: Information on race and ethnicity data is collected and reported by multiple entities and may or may not reflect self-reporting by the individual case. A classification of "missing" indicates that no reporter knew the race and ethnicity of the individual, the individual refused to provide the information, or that the originating reporting system does not capture the information. "Other" indicates multiple races or another race that is not listed above.

COVID-19 CORE METRICS

These are the core metrics critical to inform response leadership. BPHC and the City of Boston use this data to monitor the progress of the City's response, to guide decision making and to shape our response moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.  All data points cited are 7-day trailing moving averages. 

​Metric (Most recent date)

​Most Recent Date

7 Days Prior​

​Baseline Average

​Threshold

Positive tests (Sept. 12)​

​51.6

48.9​

​21.4

36.2​

Positivity (Sept. 12)​

​2.8%

1.5%​

​2.1%

​4.0%

​COVID-19-like-illness (CLI) ED visits (Sept. 14)

16.1​

14.1​

​11.6

22.4


Number of deaths at long-term care facilities: 350 (Updated weekly: 09/15/2020)


Neighborhood Testing Data: 

As of Saturday, September 12, 2020, there were 217,705 COVID-19 tests (with results) of Boston Residents. Of 217,705 total tests of Boston residents, 7.6% have tested positive. For all Boston residents, the positive for tests increased from 1.5% for the prior week (August 30-September 5) to 2.8% for the current week (September 6 - September 12).

NEIGHBORHOOD

​NUMBER TESTED

OF TESTED, CUMULATIVE % POSITIVE​

CURRENT WEEK % POSITIVE

TESTING RATE PER 10,000 RESIDENTS​

East Boston - 02128

15,517

15.2%

5.2%​

3,306.6

Mattapan - 02126

​ 6,974

​12.8%

N/A

2,356.8

Hyde Park - 02136​

10,205

12.1%

4.7%

​2,981.9

Dorchester - 02122, 02124

20,335

​11.9%

4.5%​

2,514.2

Dorchester - 02121, 02125

18,682

​11.5%

4.8%

2,906.5

Roslindale - 02131

9,473

9.3%

4.6%

2,805.1

West Roxbury - 02132

7,266

7.2%

4.1%​

2,550.6

Roxbury - 02119, 02120

18,190

6.8%

2.5%

4,217.8

South End - 02111, 02118

15,378

6.7%

0.9%

4,300.8

Jamaica Plain - 02130

​ 15,760

5.4%

2.1%​

3,903.2

Allston/Brighton - 02163, 02134, 02135

21,873

5.1%

4.9%

3,285.0

South Boston - 02127, 02210

 12,154

5.0%​

2.5%

3,031.4

C​harlestown - 02129

5,317

4.6%​

N/A

​2,738.7

Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End, Downtown, & North End - 02108, 02114, 02116, 02199, 02222, 02109, 02110, 02113​

20,116

3.1%​

1.4%

3,610.0

Fenway - 02115, 02215

20,395

2.0%​

0.6%

3,726.7

Other

​ N/A

N/A​

N/A

​N/A

Boston

217,705

7.6%

2.8%

3,204.3

*N/A = Unable to calculate due to small counts (N<5)


CLICK HERE FOR A MAP OF TESTING SITES IN BOSTON


Visit the City of Boston's Reopening Page
The state has updated guidance on the Reopening Massachusetts website. The City of Boston also continues to update City-specific guidance on the reopening website


If you are concerned that a business located in Boston is not following Massachusetts’ mandatory COVID re-opening protocols, please call or email the Mayor’s Health Line 617-534-5050 / mayorshealthline@bphc.org. All caller information will be kept confidential. If you have a concern regarding a Massachusetts workplace outside the City of Boston, you may contact the board of health for that municipality. For any violation within the Commonwealth, you may also contact the Department of Labor Standards (DLS) through their hotline: (508)-616-0461 ext. 9488, or by sending an email to safepublicworkplacemailbox@mass.gov


ABOUT OUR RESPONSE:

Since January, BPHC and Boston EMS have taken extensive steps to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19.

BPHC is engaging in daily communications with the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), City of Boston departments and other community partners to make sure we have the latest information on guidance, best practices and recommendations. BPHC will provide updated information on this website and on our social media channels as it becomes available.

We are confident the City of Boston continues to be ready for a safe and effective response as the situation develops.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19?

Visit the BPHC Main COVID-19 Page

Call 311 or 211

Call the Mayor's Healthline: 

617-534-5050 or Toll-Free: 1-800-847-0710

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on COVID-19

Massachusetts Department of Public Health website on COVID-19


Media Contact: 

Caitlin McLaughlin 

cmclaughlin@bphc.org 

(857-393-0002)

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