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Boston COVID wastewater data rises, Massachusetts virus cases dip and hospitalizations drop

Feb 17, 2023

Boston’s COVID wastewater data has jumped following a recent plunge, while state health officials reported a continuing drop in virus cases and hospitalizations.

Data from the Boston Public Health Commission’s wastewater surveillance program shows that the number of COVID particles in the city’s wastewater rose 35% over a report two weeks ago.

The citywide wastewater average is now 1,367 viral RNA copies per milliliter, compared to 1,014 viral RNA copies in that previous report.

Seven out of the 11 neighborhoods again tested below the citywide average: Charlestown, East Boston, Back Bay, South Boston, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, and Roslindale/West Roxbury. The neighborhoods above the average are Allston/Brighton, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury.

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