Updated at 1:40 and 4:20 pm, Saturday, to include Schepici and Valley statements
Three more positive COVID-19 tests have been reported by Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, up from 19 on Friday — a one-day increase of more than 15%. The hospital reported zero COVID-19 hospitalizations on Saturday. There were 423 negative tests (up from 408 Friday). Pending tests number at 12.
In an emailed statement to The Times, MV Hospital CEO Denise Schepici confirmed the increase in positive tests. “As I have mentioned before, this increase in positives has been anticipated and we should expect these numbers to rise in the days ahead,” she wrote. “The best way to defend against the virus is to follow the guidelines we have recommended: social distancing, washing of hands, and wearing a mask when you go outside. We want to keep everyone safe.”
Asked if the increase in positive tests has any link to the recent easement in construction restrictions, Tisbury Health Agent Maura Valley emailed,
“I do not believe there is a connection.”
Valley confirmed there were three new cases and 22 total lab cases overall. Of those cases, 11 were female and 11 were male. One person was less than 20 years old, five people were between the ages of 20 to 29, two people were between the ages of 30 to 39, seven people were between the ages of 50 to 59 and seven people were between the ages of 60 to 69, Valley reported.
In its daily update, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 1,952 COVID-19 cases for Saturday, with the state total to date being 66,263. The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the Bay State is now 3,846.