Island confirmed coronavirus cases reach 16

A 16th confirmed case of COVID-19 is being reported by Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

Updated 4:30 pm

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has confirmed a new positive case of COIVD-19, bringing the Island’s total to 16.

As of Thursday morning, the hospital has taken samples for 311 tests. Of those, 292 have come back negative and three are pending results. The hospital also has zero patients hospitalized for COVID-19, although three patients described as “very sick” were taken to Boston hospitals — two airlifted and a maternity patient who was taken off-Island in a private vehicle.

According to the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health, of the 16 confirmed cases, nine are female and seven are male. Seven of the cases are aged 50-59 years old, four cases are 60-69 years old, two are 30-39 years old, two are 20-29 years old, and one is 20 years old or younger.

As of Thursday afternoon, the state Department of Public Health had performed more than  195,000 tests. DPH has reported there were more than 46,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide. There were 178 new deaths for a total of 2,360. According to the state data, 8 percent of the confirmed cases are hospitalized.

Talking about the COVID-19 related deaths at a press conference Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the need to continue social distancing and keeping non-essential businesses closed for now.

“These numbers are staggering, and we must remember the people behind these numbers,” Baker said.

Updated to include Island statistics. – Ed.