COVID-19 cases on the Island hold at 11

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The state is now reporting on the number of positive antibody tests retroactive to March 1.

Updated April 6 

There are 11 positive COVID-19 tests at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, according to Tisbury health agent and Island board of health spokesperson Maura Valley.

On Sunday, Valley had said there were 12 total cases on the Island, but sent a correction on Monday.

“I reconciled our positive case records with the hospital and the individual being reported by the boards of health as symptomatically diagnosed had been included in their laboratory confirmed cases as a presumptive positive. I have updated yesterday’s daily report to reflect that correction,” Valley wrote.

As of Sunday afternoon, the hospital reported it had collected samples for 140 coronavirus tests with 11 positive, 113 negative, and 16 pending results. The hospital also has zero hospitalizations for people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Board of health spokesperson and Tisbury health agent Maura Valley confirmed Monday that of the 11 cases, seven are female and four are male. Six of the positive cases are aged between 50-59 years old and two are in the 60-69 age bracket. The 20-29 and 30-39 brackets each have one case. One person’s age is unknown.

On Friday, The Times received confirmation from hospital communications director Katrina Delgadillo that two COVID-19 positive patients had been flown from the hospital to Boston with Boston MedFlight.

The number of confirmed cases continues to rise across the state. On Sunday, the Department of Public Health confirmed it has tested over 71,000 people. DPH also reported 764 new cases to bring the total confirmed positive case count to 12,500. A reported 15 new deaths brings the state total to 231.

Also on Sunday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced a third field hospital to treat coronavirus patients would be set up at Joint Base Cape Cod.

The base hospital and other field hospitals will be used for patients that do not need acute care, but still need medical attention. The base is a full scale, joint-use base home to five military commands training for missions at home and overseas, conducting airborne search and rescue missions, and intelligence command and control, according to the base’s website.

The field hospital at Joint Base Cape Cod will be led by Cape Cod Healthcare president and CEO Michael K. Lauf.

 

Updated to correct confirmed cases, include new daily cases from DPH, and information on Joint Base Cape Cod. — Ed.