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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. Massachusetts residents over the age of two must now wear a face covering in public. There is now a "Safer at Home Advisory" in effect in Massachusetts. 


BOSTON'S LATEST NUMBERS (As of August 4, 2020): 
(Updated Monday-Friday)


          
  • 14,323 confirmed cases

  • 10,364 recovered

  • 735 deaths 
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RACE / ETHNICITY CASES
(Updated Monday-Friday)
 

RACE / ETHNICITY

KNOWN CASES
 

PERCENTAGE OF
KNOWN CASES

Asian / PI

456

4%

Black/African-American

4,516

37%

Latino/Hispanic

3,458

28%

Other

831

7%

White

3,109

25%

Total Race/Ethnicity Identified Cases in Boston

12,370

86.4% of total cases in Boston have known Race/Ethnicity data

Total Cases in Boston 

14,323


RACE / ETHNICITY DEATHS

(Updated Monday-Friday)

 

RACE / ETHNICITY

DEATHS
 

PERCENTAGE OF
KNOWN DEATHS

Asian / PI

46

6%

Black/African-American

247

35%

Latino/Hispanic

81

11%

Other

24

3%

White

313

44%

Total Race/Ethnicity Identified Cases in Boston

711

96.7% of total deaths in Boston have known Race/Ethnicity data

Total Deaths in Boston 

735

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.

NUMBER OF DEATHS AT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES: 343 (Updated weekly: 08/03/2020) 

WEEKLY NEIGHBORHOOD DATA 

As of July 27, 2020, there were 115,712 COVID-19 tests (with results) of Boston residents. Of 115,712 total tests of Boston residents, 12.5% have tested positive, which is down from 13.3% reported through July 20. For all Boston residents, the percent positive for tests decreased from 2.4% for the prior week (July 14-20) to 1.7% for the current week (July 21-27).

NEIGHBORHOOD

​NUMBER TESTED

OF TESTED, CUMULATIVE % POSITIVE​

CURRENT WEEK % POSITIVE
(N/A*=unable to calculate due to small counts)
TESTING RATE PER 10,000 RESIDENTS

East Boston - 02128

8,579

20.9%

4.0%​1,828.2

Mattapan - 02126

​ 4,525

​18.2%

5.8%1,529.2

Hyde Park - 02136​

​6,880

17.3%

N/A​1,951.9

Dorchester - 

02122, 02124

13,329

​16.7%

2.7%​1,648.0

Dorchester - 02121, 02125

11,504

​16.3%

2.2%​​1,789.8
Roslindale - 02131

​ 5,885

13.2%

2.0%1,742.6

Roxbury - 02119, 02120

9,237

11.5%

2.8%2,141.8

West Roxbury - 02132

4,146

11.5%

N/A1,455.4

South End - 02111, 02118

8,949

10.7%

N/A​2,502.8

Allston/Brighton - 02163, 02134, 02135

​ 9,969

9.4%

1.0%​1,497.2

South Boston - 02127, 02210

6,247

8.6%

1.8%1,558.1
Jamaica Plain - 02130

9,528

8.0%​

0.9%2,359.8

C​harlestown - 02129

2,929

7.2%​

N/A1,507.7

Fenway - 02115, 02215

5,022

6.5%​

N/A917.6

Back Bay, Beacon Hill, West End, Downtown, & North End - 02108, 02114, 02116, 02199, 02222, 02109, 02110, 02013​

​9,148

5.9%​

0.9%
1,641.7

Other

N/A

N/A

N/A​​N/A

Boston

115,712

12.5%

1.7%1,703.1
HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19?

Call 311 or 211

Call the Mayor's Healthline: 

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

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Visit the City of Boston's Reopening Page

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 the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

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