Update: one new confirmed case, two probable cases added

31 of 34 Island COVID-19 cases no longer symptomatic

Two new cases at the hospital Monday. — Lexi Pline

Updated 8:10 pm

A new confirmed case of COVID-19 and two new probable cases bring the Island’s total number of confirmed cases to 34 and probable cases to 18.

On Monday, Island Health Care (IHC), which tests asymptomatic individuals, reported that in total it had tested 2,293 patients with four positives, 2,137 negatives, and 152 pending results.

It’s been five weeks since the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has reported a new case of COVID-19.

In total the hospital has tested 1,586 patients. Of those 28 have tested positive, 1,553 negative, and five are pending results. There are currently no hospitalizations for COVID-19 at the hospital, but the hospital previously transferred three patients with COVID-19 off-Island for treatment.

The town of Aquinnah is also conducting self administered saliva tests. So far 19 people have been tested. None have come back positive, 15 are negative, and four are pending results.

Test kits are provided by the Aquinnah board of health. They are available for pick up at the board of health office window at the Aquinnah Town Hall. The test can be taken at home and mailed to a lab for testing.

The boards of health have separately reported two confirmed cases, bringing the Island’s total to 34.

Of the Island’s 34 cases, 31 are no longer symptomatic and all positive cases confirmed before June 20 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. One case confirmed last week is still being monitored by public health officials.

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.

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

Of the 33 cases, 20 are female, and 14 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, five 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 18, of which 15 were positive antibody tests, and three were symptomatically positive.

Of those, 10 are female and eight are male. Of the 18 presumed positive cases, six 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.

At the state level Monday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 101 new cases with 35 new deaths, which includes probable cases and deaths. In total, there have been 108,768 confirmed cases and 8,095 deaths across the state.

The state is also keeping track of antibody tests. There were 292 new antibody tests Sunday. In total, 70,768 individuals have been tested for antibodies.

There are currently 762 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Massachusetts.

Updated to include new data from boards of health. —Ed.