Boston Public Health Commission figures released yesterday show that, once again, Hyde Park has the highest rate of residents who have tested positive for Covid-19.
Compare the BPHC map with a map (4.5M PDF) from a new Boston Planning and Development Agency report on the economic impacts of Covid-19 that shows the percentages of residents by census tract who work in "healthcare and social assistance."
That map shows a band of census tracts in which between 25 and 36% of employed residents work in these fields, from Hyde Park up through Mattapan and Dorchester, and including part of Roslindale - all areas that also have higher rates of Covid-19 infection than citywide numbers. The numbers - 120.7 positive tests per 10,000 people in Hyde Park - may not mean that those areas actually have higher true infection rates than other neighborhoods but that people who work in healthcare and related fields have so far been tested at higher rates because of the nature of their work.
The one area where the two maps do not correlate is East Boston, which has a relatively high rate of positive test results but a relatively low rate of employment in the two fields. However, part of East Boston share similar socioeconomic demographics with that of neighboring Chelsea - which has the highest Covid-19-positive rate in the state - in particular, people in families living in mult-family buildings where social distancing can be more difficult.
The BPHC data shows the South End has the city's second highest rate of positive test results, with a rate of 104 Covid-19 positive tests per 10,000 residents. City officials have said that is likely due to "universal" testing conducted at the Pine Street Inn a couple weeks ago.