Hospital reports no new cases in four weeks


The number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on Martha’s Vineyard held at 33 Tuesday after a one case rise was reported at Island Health Care’s testing site the day before.

On Tuesday, in its fourth week without a new confirmed case, the hospital reported it has tested 1,453 patients. Of those there are 28 positives, 1,394 are negative, and 31 are pending results. There are currently no hospitalizations for COVID-19 at the hospital, but the hospital has transferred three patients with COVID-19 off-Island for treatment.

On Monday, IHC, which tests asymptomatic individuals, reported it had tested 1,506 patients with three positives, 1,407 negatives, and 99 pending results.

Of the Island’s 33 cases, 29 are no longer symptomatic and all positive cases confirmed before June 6 are no longer symptomatic and have been released from isolation, according to a report from the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health. There is one exception, a case that the boards of health have been unable to contact. Two cases confirmed last week are still being monitored by public health officials.

The 33 cases are the total COVID-19 cases reported by Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Island Health Care (IHC), and the boards of health.

The boards of health have separately reported two confirmed cases. The boards of health have also linked 19 cases to another case. In all there are seven separate household groups where the boards of health could link positive cases.

Of the 32 cases, 20 are female, and 13 are male. Nine of the cases are aged 50-59 years old, seven cases are 60-69 years old, seven are 20-29 years old, four 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. On Tuesday, the Island’s total number of presumed positive cases rose to 16, of which 13 were positive antibody tests, and three were symptomatically positive.

Of those, nine are female and seven are male. The boards of health did not specify the gender of the newly reported positive antibody test on Tuesday. Of the 16 presumed positive cases, four are aged 60-69, four are aged 50-59, three are aged 40-49, two are aged 20-29, two are under 20 years old, and one is over the age of 70, and one has not been specified.


  1. Enough already with this nonsense. The hospital was never under siege from the pandemic but terribly hurt by the inability to perform day to day procedures. I’m glad the CEO took a pay cut because it seems she has spent more time lately walking out of her office for political demonstrations than actually doing her job! We need an islander for this position and not some bureaucratic hack.

      • Islandashamed, I think of an Islander as anyone who is currently living on the Vineyard year-round. As for getting the group to agree… lol. We can’t even agree that COVID = bad.

    • It’s called preparing for the worst. Running a small, remote hospital isn’t easy. Had she done less and even one Islander could not get help for COVID-19, you’d still be calling her a hack and hollering about how it didn’t have to happen. She was always in a no-win position in terms of public opinion.

      Look at the suffering in places like Italy and New York. They would tell you this isn’t nonsense. Be grateful the worst has missed us so far. Be diligent enough to keep that streak going. Coronavirus hasn’t disappeared.

  2. The Coronavirus is not nonsense. The reason why the island has done well and why the numbers are coming down in the rest of the state is because people continue to pay attention to the science and take the recommended precautions, despite no organized leadership from the idiotic president who failed so miserably in dealing with this pandemic. Businesses are opening and are doing all they can to adhere to safety guidelines. What everyone has been doing on-island has been working because of the science, not because it was nonsense to do so. This is not the case in many states where numbers are surging because people and businesses have not followed safety measures. These are the states where people flaunt their disregard for what they also consider “nonsense”. I don’t know why the Times allows comments that minimize the illness and the enormous sacrifices everyone has made to help keep our community safe. I suppose if a president can try to slow testing to make the numbers not look so bad, this encourages every one of his selfish, unintelligent followers to say anything and get away with it, even though it harms people who might believe the lies. Trump supporters care more about money than life. Trump supporters care more about statues of dead white men than they do about their own living grandmothers and immunity suppressed spouses and children. Trump supporters whine endlesslessly about government safety guidelines impinging on their freedoms but cannot manage to bring themselves to say BLACK LIVES MATTER after they witness a black man being tortured and murdered by a white cop.

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