Eight days with no new confirmed case


The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and the Island’s boards of Health have not reported a new confirmed case in the past eight days.

On Monday, the hospital confirmed 1,077 patients have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 28 have tested positive, 1,040 have tested negative, and nine are pending results. There are zero hospitalizations at the hospital, but the hospital has previously transferred three patients off-Island for COVID-related issues.

The boards of health, which aggregates confirmed cases tested off-Island, adds two additional cases, bringing the Island total to 30.

The number of confirmed positives has stayed at 30 since a new case was confirmed last weekend. Of those 18 are male and 12 are female. Of those eight of the cases are aged 50-59 years old, seven cases are 60-69 years old, six 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.

The boards of health have also started reporting on probable cases. As of Thursday, the Island’s total number of presumed positive cases rose to 15, of which 12 are positive antibody tests and three symptomatically positive.

Of those nine are female and six are male. Of the 15 presumed positive cases, four are aged 60-69, three are aged 50-59, three are aged 40-49, two are aged 20-29, two are less than 20 years old, and one is over the age of 70.

In an expanded report Friday, the boards of health reported that 19 of the 30 confirmed cases are linked to another case. Of the 30 cases 28 are no longer symptomatic and have been released from isolation.

Island Health Care (IHC), which is conducting testing at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, has tested 379 patients with zero positives as of Saturday.

The community health center, in cooperation with Quest Diagnostics, town health agents, and others, is set to give a test to whoever wants one on the Island. Of those tests, 241 have come back negative and 138 are pending results.

At the state level Monday, the Department of Public Health reported 193 new confirmed cases, with 38 new deaths due to COVID-19. That brings the total number of confirmed cases to 103,626 and total confirmed deaths to 7,353. 

The total number of probable cases, which includes all probable cases stretching back to March 1, is 3,871, with no new cases Monday. The total number of probable deaths is 136 with zero probable deaths reported Monday. Probable deaths decrease as they are added to confirmed deaths.

Probable cases include patients with positive molecular tests, positive serology/antibody tests, patients who were not tested, but had COVID-19 symptoms and were know to be exposed to a positive case, as well as patients whose death certificates list COVID-19 as a cause of death, but did not receive a laboratory test. 

The state is also now keeping track of the number of antibody tests with 258 new antibody tests taken. Overall 51,404 patients have been tested for antibodies.


  1. Great. We are out of the woods!

    Think I’ll crank up a song I have been spasmodically rocking to to for the last 50 years:

    Ball of Confusion

    People movin’ out, people movin’ in.
    Why, because of the color of their skin.
    Run, run, run, but you sho’ can’t hide
    An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
    Vote for me and I’ll set you free
    Rap on, brother, rap on.
    Well, the only person talkin’ ’bout love thy brother is the preacher
    And it seems nobody’s interested in learning but the teacher
    Segregation, determination, demonstration, integration, aggravation,
    humiliation, obligation to our nation
    Ball Of Confusion that’s what the world is today (yeah, yeah)
    The sale of pills is at an all time high
    young folks walkin’ ’round with their heads in the sky
    Cities aflame in the summer time, and oh the beat goes on
    Eve of destruction, tax deduction,
    City inspectors, bill collectors,
    Evolution, revolution,…


  2. Wow, sunshine– First, I am surprised you know of this song. Perhaps we perceive the meaning differently, but I can certainly see that no matter which side you are on, it can relate to everyone. It is just a statement of fact after all.
    Good post …

    • “Wow, sunshine– First, I am surprised you know of this song.”

      Don, you are a hoot! I grew up with this song.

      And another song from 1970’s which I love is Melanie – “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”. The song is a reflection of her performing at Woodstock. Understandably awestruck.

      The Edwin Hawkins Singers really make this song. When Melanie get to the verse, “Some came to keep the dark away”, I get a lump in my throat. This is where the song really hits me. Listen to the Edwin Hawkins Singers, and the back and forth!! I still get tingles down my spine listening to the song, partly because that is exactly what I do most each and every day. I sing to keep whatever dark there is, away. And dance…and dance….


  3. Unfortunately, what isn’t fact is that we are out of the woods. We got here by doing what we’re supposed to do and it can go in the other direction, like it has in other states like Florida and Texas when they opened up. It only takes one infected person. We still need to wear masks, keep social distancing, washing hands, and staying home if you are sick. There’s no confusion about it.

    • jackie– you are certainly correct that we are not out of the woods. Like many things (acid rain, ozone hole, polluted water and air etc) it is not a major problem right now because we did something about it. We will have the usual suspects tell us that we were worried about nothing, since the sky didn’t fall. But the fact that we are getting a handle on the pandemic is because we did something… We hunkered down, we sacrificed. But the virus really doesn’t care what we did yesterday– it cares about what we will do tomorrow. it is not gone, it is no less severe. Indeed 26 states are currently experiencing a rise in cases. But we, as a nation, have become numb to the numbers– The second wave could be worse.

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