A Boston Public Health Commission report shows higher rates of positive tests for Covid-19 in Hyde Park, Mattapan, parts of Dorchester and East Boston than the rest of the city - with Hyde Park showing the highest rate - one that is more than double that of neighboring West Roxbury.
The data, current through April 2, also shows that roughly 45% of the city's 1,232 diagnosed cases as of mid-day on April 2 have been in people under 40 - and that the numbers are roughly equal between men and women. The vast majority of cases were in people who stayed at home; only 96 required hospitalization. Some 6% of the cases - 68 in all - were among healthcare workers living in Boston.
So far, 10 Bostonians have died from Covid-19 complications.
The report does not attempt to explain the neighborhood numbers; for example, whether they are actually due to higher numbers of infected people or whether they are due to the neighborhoods having more people who, especially in the early days of the outbreak, were more likely to be recommended for one of the then scarce test kits. Or maybe, non-medical front-line workers (police officers, firefighters, T workers, custodians, etc.) are more likely to live there.
At-large City Councilor Julia Mejia, however, sounded an alarm after seeing the map:
Numbers are higher in traditionally low income communities. We must do more to ensure our most vulnerable are well informed.