Saturday: Island cases increase to 31

Totals include 27 positive tests and four probable positives based on antibody tests.

Of the 29 confirmed cases, 26 are not showing symptoms and have been released from isolation. — Lexi Pline

On Saturday morning, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new confirmed positive case of COVID-19.

On Friday, in a new breakdown of Island data, the boards of health reported that 26 patients have tested positive for COVID-19. The additional Saturday report brings that total to 27 positive tests. Of those, two were tested off-Island, 15 are female and 12 are male. 

Eight of the cases are aged 50-59 years old, seven cases are 60-69 years old, five are 20-29 years old, two are 30-39 years old, two are 20 years old or younger, two are 40-49, and one is 70 years or older.

According to the report, 19 of the confirmed positive cases are no longer symptomatic and have been released from isolation, six are still being monitored by the boards of health, and one was unable to be contacted by the boards of health.

A new reporting metric on the daily report shows linked cases. According to Valley, as of Friday, 16 individuals are linked to another case.

On Friday, the boards of health also reported an additional four cases that are probable positive cases who received positive antibody tests. Of those antibody tests, two are aged 50-59, one is aged 40-49, and one is aged 20-29. All of the probable positive tests are female. Among the four probable positives are also three linked cases.

Since the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital only reports on cases it has tested, the hospital’s daily count reported of the 650 total patients tested for COVID-19, 25 were positive, 625 were negative, and there are no pending results.

There are zero hospitalizations at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. While the hospital has kept its hospitalizations low, it has confirmed that three patients, including a maternity patient, have been transferred off-Island. 

The hospital has confirmed that two COVID-19 positive patients had been transferred to Boston via Boston Medflight and the maternity patient who tested positive for COVID-19 was transferred to Boston via land. A hospital employee is also one of the 24 confirmed cases reported by the hospital.

At the state level Thursday, the Department of Public Health reported 110 new COVID-19 related deaths. There have been 5,592 total deaths across the state.

DPH also reported there were 1,239 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the state total to 83,421— making it the fourth highest in cases and third highest in deaths, according to the New York Times coronavirus map. Massachusetts has performed 435,679 tests.

Of all cases across the state, three percent are hospitalized — marking a downward trend. 

At his daily press briefing Friday Gov. Charlie Baker asked companies across the state to allow their employees to continue working from home if possible.

“We know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to this,” Baker said. He urged those that could to continue letting their employees work from home. “There are hundreds of companies and thousands of employees who are now successfully working remotely.”


  1. We still have one case that the board of health is unable to contact. Keeping in mind that “it only takes one,” what does that mean to the community?

    • Soon there will be scores of uncontacted cases on this island. What does THAT mean for the community?

  2. I’m more concerned about the people who may be positive without knowing it. Thanks to Quest Diagnostics and local health agencies, testing on the Vineyard is scheduled to become widespread by the end of the month, but that’s almost two weeks away. I’m so frustrated by the local coverage of COVID-19. It’s long on statistics but short on useful information about how and where the coronavirus seems to be spreading. How are we supposed to know what’s safe to reopen and what we should be doing and not doing to protect ourselves without having a better idea of the risk factors? Surely it’s possible to provide some clues without violating anyone’s right to confidentiality.

  3. According to the statistics put out by the state if you are healthy your chances of dying from this virus are .76 of one percent. Your chances of dying in are car crash are over 1%. Why on Earth haven’t we banned cars yet?

  4. What is the point of tracking cases this way? Who cares what the gross number of cases in the history of the Island were?

    What we need is , maybe, a report of new cases and hospitalizations by week and a rolling 2 week average. Someone at the host portal and boards of health should just agree on a methodology for tracking the trend and how this should be reported.

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