Cumulative COVID-19 Vaccination Status by Neighborhood as of Dec. 19, 2022
Cumulative % with Initial Dose by Age Group and Neighborhood as of Dec. 19, 2022
Cumulative % Fully Vaccinated by Age Group and Neighborhood as of Dec. 19, 2022
Cumulative % Boosted by Age Group and Neighborhood as of Dec. 19, 2022
CDC ELEVATES SUFFOLK COUNTY TO HIGH COVID-19 RISK
BPHC Urges Residents to Take Precautions
BOSTON – January 6, 2023—The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is urging residents to take COVID-19 precautions after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) elevated Suffolk County’ COVID Community Risk Level from medium to high.
The CDC’s announcement comes as Boston continues to see concerning levels of COVID-19 across many of its key indicators. As of December 29, the viral concentration in local wastewater samples is 1,947 copies per mL, representing a 42% increase over the past seven days and a 116% increase over the past 14 days. BPHC’s COVID-19 testing sites are reporting 18 new COVID-19 cases per day,
marking a 22% increase over the past seven days (data as of January 2). Through January 4, Boston’s hospitals reported 306 new COVID-19 related hospitalizations. While that trend is stable through the past seven days, it is a 41% increase over the past 14 days.
“Based on the trends, it is imperative that we all protect ourselves and others. I understand there’s a very high level of pandemic fatigue, but the numbers speak for themselves,” said Dr. Bisola Ojikutu, Commissioner of Public Health and Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. “We should all be masking indoors, staying home when sick, and testing for COVID-19. In addition, getting boosted is the best way to protect yourself from severe illness and hospitalization.”
With Boston’s hospitals already under increased strain due to the confluence of COVID-19 and other respiratory viral infections including influenza, BPHC is urging residents to protect themselves and others by adhering to the following strategies:
The omicron-specific bivalent boosters recently became available for everyone ages 6-months and older. Only 13.7% of Boston residents have received this booster, meaning many are vulnerable for infection and severe illness. If you or your family did not get any COVID-19 vaccinations this fall, you are likely missing the updated protection that is essential for maintaining a strong immune response to the COVID-19 virus.
BPHC has set up several standing sites throughout Boston where residents can get COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, flu shots, and PCR testing for COVID-19. At-home rapid testing kits are also available at these locations while supplies last. As part of the state’s Vaccine Equity Initiative, BPHC is offering $75 gift cards to those who get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster while supplies last. All services are free and available for anyone ages 6-months and older. No appointments, IDs, or proof of insurance are needed.
BCYF Hyde Park, 1179 River St., Hyde Park
Lena Park Community Development Corporation, 150 American Legion Hwy., Dorchester
Josephine Fiorentino Community Center, 123 Antwerp St, Allston
Bruce C. Bolling Building, 2302 Washington St., Roxbury
Boston City Hall, Haymarket Room 240 (2nd floor), 1 City Hall Square
For more information about COVID-19 resources in Boston, visit boston.gov/covid19.
Last updated: January 6, 2023
PUBLISHED BY: Boston Public Health Commission
The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) announced the launch of its COVID-19 wastewater surveillance program that will utilize samples from 11 manholes across the city for more localized estimates of circulating COVID-19 virus and its variants in Boston.
BPHC chose these locations because they provide broad coverage of Boston’s communities and optimize ease of access to the manholes with high population densities, allowing for a detailed understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting different neighborhoods. This data will enable BPHC to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with more precise interventions for communities with high or rising levels of virus. Prior to this program, BPHC relied solely on wastewater data generated by MWRA and Biobot that measured the concentration of COVID-19 virus particles for the Greater Boston area. The new Boston-specific testing sites will provide a more detailed local view of COVID-19 in Boston neighborhoods.