Walsh also addressed reports of a video of a Black jogger stopped by men sporting ICE badges on the VFW Parkway in West Roxbury.
“It was a disturbing video to watch. It was unacceptable in so many ways,” said Walsh. He said ICE has “not confirmed or denied” whether their agents were in Boston, and that he spoke with the jogger Wednesday morning depicted in the video.
“Incidents like this have no place in our city” or nation, Walsh said, adding that he’s reached out to Boston police with a request that they contact federal authorities to see what’s happening.
“Clearly he was shaken up yesterday,” Walsh said of the jogger. “It’s still unclear why this happened.”
Walsh was joined at the news conference by city Health and Human Services chief Marty Martinez, who reported that the rate of positive coronavirus tests has crept up to a level the city hasn’t seen since early June.
For the seven-day period ending Oct. 3, the average number of positive tests per day has spiked from 65.6 the prior week to 73, out of about 1,800 people tested per day, Martinez said. He said the average positive test rate for the week ending Oct. 3 was 4.1 percent, the first time the city had hit that mark since June.
“We continue to see an increase in COVID activity week after week,” Martinez said.
He said city officials continue to take steps to mitigate the spread, including mobile testing in hard hit areas. He said officials are also working to determine whether the 4.1 percent reading represents a trend or “simply a bump in the road.”
Asked what’s driving the spike in cases, Martinez said “unfortunately it’s a combination of a lot of different things.”
He said “most neighborhoods are seeing an uptick,” with