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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 October 23, 2020): (Updated Monday-Friday)

  • 19,301 confirmed cases 

  • 16,619 recovered

  • 776 deaths

Click here for the BPHC 10-22-2020 Weekly COVID-19 Report

Boston Race/Ethnicity Case Data: 

(Updated Monday-Friday)

Race/Ethnicity

Known Cases

Percentage of Known Cases

Asian/PI

708

4.1%

Black/African-American

5,238

30.4%

Latinx/Hispanic

5,698

33.0%

Other

1,168

6.8%

White

4,436

25.7%

Total Race/Ethnicity Identified Cases in Boston

17,248

89.4% of total cases in Boston have known Race/Ethnicity data

Total Cases in Boston 

19,301

 


Boston Race/Ethnicity Death Data: 

(Updated Monday-Friday)

Race/Ethnicity

Deaths

Percentage of Known Deaths

Asian/PI

52

7%

Black/African-American

269

35%

Latinx/Hispanic

90

12%

Other

22

3%

White

342

44%

Total Race/Ethnicity Identified Deaths in Boston

775

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

Total Deaths in Boston

776

 


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. Click here for additional translations of this section.

​Metric (Most recent date)

​Most Recent Date

7 Days Prior​

​Baseline Average

​Threshold

Positive tests (Oct. 17)​

85.0

80.1

​21.4

36.2​

Positivity (Oct. 17)​

​5.7%

4.4%​

​2.1%

​4.0%

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

17.9

21.4

​11.6

22.4


Number of deaths at long-term care facilities: 353 (Updated weekly: 10/19/2020)


Neighborhood Testing Data: 

As of October 17, 2020, there were 317,408 COVID-19 tests (with results) of Boston residents. Of 317,408 total tests of Boston residents, 6.1% have tested positive. For all Boston residents, the positive for tests increased from 4.4% for the prior week (October 4 - 10) to 5.7% for the current week (October 11 - 17).

NEIGHBORHOOD

​NUMBER TESTED

OF TESTED, CUMULATIVE % POSITIVE​

CURRENT WEEK % POSITIVE

TESTING RATE PER 100,000 RESIDENTS​

East Boston - 02128

19,590

13.6%

8.3%​

41,745.7

Mattapan - 02126

8,652

​11.2%

4.9%

29,238.6

Hyde Park - 02136​

12,726

11.1%

7.5%

37,185.5

Dorchester - 02122, 02124

25,334

10.8%

9.4%​

31,322.9

Dorchester - 02121, 02125

23,516

​10.7%

9.2%

36,585.4

Roslindale - 02131

12,005

8.2%

5.9%

35,548.3

Roxbury - 02119, 02120 

23,736

6.2%

11.4%​

55,037.4

West Roxbury - 02132

9,356

6.1%

2.6%

32,843.1

South End - 02111, 02118

20,060

5.7%

5.3%

56,102.5

Jamaica Plain - 02130

19,720

4.9%

5.5%​

48,839.7

South Boston - 02127, 02210

16,450

4.7%

3.7%

41,028.6

Allston/Brighton - 02163, 02134, 02135

 31,449

4.2%​

2.2%

47,231.4

C​harlestown - 02129

7,060

3.9%​

4.7%

36,365.5

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

26,944

2.7%​

2.0%

48,353.5

Fenway - 02115, 02215

41,215

1.4%​

3.4%

75,310.2

Boston

​ 317,408

6.1%

5.7%

​46,718.0

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

There were 1,113 tests (4.8% of total tests, positivity=4.1%) that could not be assigned to a neighborhood.


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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