Confirmed cases stay at 23

Hospital no longer has COVID-19 patient hospitalized. 

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

After a one case jump late Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Martha’s Vineyard remains at 23.

In its daily update, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital confirmed it has tested 525 patients with 498 negatives and four pending results. 

On Tuesday, hospital CEO Denise Schepici said one patient in “stable condition” was being hospitalized, but as of Wednesday there were no reported hospitalizations.

Of the 23 confirmed cases, 12 are female and 11 are male. Seven of the cases are aged 50-59 years old, seven cases are 60-69 years old, two are 30-39 years old, five are 20-29 years old, one is 40-49, and another is 20 years old or younger.

The hospital has implemented new criteria for the tests. Schepici said the biggest change is the removal of the age criteria, allowing for testing of all symptomatic patients. Testing has also been expanded to anyone who is showing symptoms of a new cough, a new sore throat, a fever, new nasal congestion, new shortness of breath, new muscle aches, and new loss of smell.

At the state level Wednesday, there was a dramatic increase in the number of confirmed cases (1,754) and deaths (208). There are now a total of 72,025 cases and 4,420 deaths statewide. Hospitalizations remained steady at 5 percent of the total cases and 339,639 people have been tested for COVID-19.