Five days since last confirmed case on Island

State releases updated town-by-town data.

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

Updated May 22

For the fifth day in a row, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has reported no new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In its daily update, the hospital reported it has tested 763 patients for COVID-19. Of those, 25 have tested positive, 718 negative, and 20 are pending results. 

The steady number of cases comes as the hospital is preparing to bring back some elective procedures next week. 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. A hospital employee is also one of the 25 confirmed cases.

The Island boards of health, which reports on tests conducted off-Island, has reported two more positive tests, bringing the Island total confirmed cases to 27. 

Of those, 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 town-by-town data released by DPH Wednesday, There are seven cases in Edgartown, seven in West Tisbury, six in Tisbury, five in Oak Bluffs, less than five in Chilmark, and zero in Aquinnah.

If less than five cases, DPH does not give the exact number of cases in that town. While DPH reported zero cases in Aquinnah, the Aquinnah board of health confirmed a case in town last month.

The boards of health also released a detailed report Friday confirming that 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. The confirmed case on Saturday was reported after the report was published.

A new reporting metric on the daily report shows linked cases. According to Tisbury health agent and Island boards of health spokesperson Maura Valley, as of Friday, 16 individuals are linked to another case.

The boards of health are also reporting on four additional “probable positive” cases, which are patients who tested positive for an antibody test, bringing the Island’s total to 31. 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.

At the state level Thursday, the Department of Public Health reported 82 new COVID-19-related deaths. There have been 6,148 total deaths across the state.

DPH also reported a rise in confirmed cases with 1,114 new cases, bringing the state total to 90,084. Massachusetts has performed 501,486 tests. There are currently 2,396 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across Massachusetts.


Updated to add current state numbers. — Ed.