Island confirmed cases remain at 16

The hospital reported five new positive cases on Friday. — Lexi Pline

Updated 4 pm

Even as the rest of the state is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases, the number of confirmed cases of the virus on the Island remains at 16.

As of Sunday, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has tested 367 patients for COVID-19. Of those, 335 are negative and 16 are pending results. 

The hospital reported on Friday that it had one patient who was hospitalized. On Saturday, that changed back to zero. At least two “quite sick” COVID-19 patients have been transported to Boston by helicopter and a third maternity patient was taken off-Island by ferry 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.

On Sunday, the total number of tests performed by the state Department of Public Health was 236,100. DPH has reported there were more 54,938 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide. There were 169 new deaths for a total of 2,899 and Sunday’s Boston Globe had 20 printed pages of death notices. According to the state data, seven percent of the confirmed cases are hospitalized.


    • I believe many of the tests were done on hospital staff. Perhaps emergency workers, too. Sometimes medical employees are tested even when they are not feeling sick, just to make sure it’s okay for them to be at work.

  1. ok, my comment is covid related but not about MVH.
    An acquaintance of mine died because he was told he wasn’t sick enough to see his doctor; even though he had recently had surgery and knew something was wrong. Well they wouldn’t see him until he had a high fever, guess what, infection. This person is dead because the medical community at large, is too scared see a patient in need that isn’t possibly Covid-related.
    Right now, I have a need for a doctor and they told me it would have to wait until MVH opened up to patients, how many people are needlessly suffering or dying because the hospitals and doctor’s are being too strict?

  2. This article reported as of Sunday, yesterday, 4/26 hospital tested 367 patients but as of today 4/27 hospital website tested 365 patients. What accounts for the -2 patients?

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