Hospital reports one new case

Martha's Vineyard Hospital is reporting two new confirmed case of COVID-19.

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new confirmed case of COVID-19 Sunday, the first one in three days at the hospital. 

The number of confirmed cases through the hospital is now 28..

The hospital has tested 927patients for COVID-19 and there is one pending test, according to the update. Of those, 898 are negative and 14 are pending results. There are also zero hospitalizations at the hospital, but the hospital has previously transferred three patients off-Island for COVID-related issues.

All of this as the Island is about to have widely expanded testing. Island Health Care, along with Quest Diagnostics, had a soft opening of its testing site on Friday and is opening on Monday at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

On Friday, the Island boards of health, which aggregate tests conducted off-Island, reported two additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the Island’s total number of confirmed cases to 29.

Of those, 17 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, three are 30-39 years old, two are 20 years old or younger, two are 40-49, and two are 70 years or older.

In an expanded report Friday, the boards of health reported that 18 of the confirmed cases are linked to another case.

The report shows 26 of the 29 confirmed cases are no longer symptomatic and have been released from isolation according to the expanded report. Two cases are still being followed by public health officials and the boards of health were unable to contact one case.

The rise in cases comes as the state relaxed restrictions on many businesses this week

The boards of health are also reporting on eight additional “probable positive” cases, which are patients who tested positive for an antibody test.

Of those antibody tests, five are female and three are male. Two are aged 50-59, two are aged 40-49, two are 20 years old or younger, one is aged 60-69, and one is aged 20-29.

The hospital is only conducting antibody tests on its staff as part of a clinic trial. Hospital CEO Denise Schepici has said antibody tests are in “the research phase” and that DPH does not count positive antibody tests as positive COVID-19 tests.

Six of the positive antibody cases are linked to another positive antibody test.

At the state level Friday, deaths, new confirmed cases, and hospitalizations of COVID-19 all saw decreases.

The Department of Public Health reported 78 new COVID-19-related deaths, down from 93 on Thursday. There have been 6,846 total deaths across the state.

DPH also reported 664 new confirmed cases, bringing the state total to 96,965. Massachusetts has performed 592,853 tests. There are currently 1,824 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across Massachusetts.