Cyr tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies

One new confirmed case on Island.

Sen. Julian Cyr, shown here at the MV Shellfish Group Hatchery in Oak Bluffs, tested positive for COVID-19 through an antibody test.

Updated 5 pm

State Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, he confirmed on his Twitter page Friday.

Cyr said he had had prior symptoms, and was walked through how to stay safe with a public health nurse with the Visiting Nurses Association of Cape Cod.

“Fortunately no one else in my family got sick, and my friends who also had symptoms have all recovered,” Cyr wrote on Twitter.

He also said it was encouraging to see public health infrastructure built to trace the virus.

Cyr could not immediately be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the Island boards of health reported a new confirmed case of COVID-19 from a patient tested off-Island, bringing the Island’s total number of confirmed cases to 35.

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The hospital’s total of positive cases remains at 29. The hospital has tested 1,725 people, with 1,676 testing negative, and 20 tests still pending.

At the Island Healthcare site, there have been four positive tests out of the 2,986 people tested. There are 163 individuals awaiting test results.

The town of Aquinnah is also conducting self-administered saliva tests. So far, 27 people have been tested. None have come back positive, 19 are negative, and eight are pending results.

Test kits are provided by the Aquinnah board of health. They are available for pickup 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 three confirmed cases.

The 35 cases are the total COVID-19 cases reported by Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Island Health Care (IHC), and the boards of health.

Of the 35 cases, 21 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, three 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 Friday, the Island’s total number of presumed positives was 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.

Updated to include new confirmed Island case and current numbers. — Ed.


  1. So was Cyr tested for corvid -19? Thats the important test, does he have it now.

  2. Deaths from Covid are down 90 percent since the high rate April 21. No media is telling you this. MV Times should. The mainstream media is all about emotion and fear rather than reporting the facts.

    • Andrew, increased cases and lowered deaths are being reported all over the news, but I do know how you get your “down 90% since April 21st” — your usual garbage, misleading and outright lying sources.

      Simply saying 90% is all it takes for people to spread lies and misleading information. Do you ever have an original thought or conclusion, or do you just obey and repeat this garbage?

      If the 130,000 deaths aren’t high enough for you, and deaths from the virus go up everyday, just wait a few weeks. Experts believe the death rate will again surge because the current higher cases and lower deaths are due to the younger, healthier people abandoning the safety protocols and spreading and superspreading the disease. After several weeks, these young people will have had a chance to infect their more at-risk-for-dying grandparents, parents and immuno-compromised friends and family. Will that make you happy, Andrew? Did you want to wish Sen Cyr a full recovery? I do wish that for him. Also, you owe Don one thousand dollars for losing the bet that fewer than 1000 American lives would be lost to coronavirus.

      • Jackie calm down. Yes we have deaths but at a much lower rate viz corona cases. 90 percent down since the high of April 21. I dont know who your experts are but you are speculating they will go higher and maybe they will but the death rate is much lower and that ought to make people feel better. If you want no deaths at all then you are living in lala land which you are anyway. You have no knowledge of the bet I ostensibly made. He didnt reply to me for 5 days. That is not a bet. Yes I was wrong but the bet was never made and you simply repeat a lie. You are the one repeating lies and garbage. You never tell us the age of the dead. You never tell us who get the virus and how many recover. You never tell us the relationship between lockdowns and contracting the virus and or deaths. You spew noxious nonsense all day long. You had no problem with the so called protesters contracting the virus or did they? Nothing that you say is clear and concise and to a logical point. You lash out in all directions as a very unhappy and bitter person.

        • Doesn’t that book you’re always misquoting tell you not to lie, Andrew? I’m well aware that my honesty throws you, but in all fairness, I don’t much like your dishonesty… or your plagiarizing, or your racist rants about Chinese. No matter how many times you repeat the same falsehood about the bet you lost to Don and failed to honor, your repetition will not make the truth go away. Pay up, buddy. Your conscience will thank you. And the god you pray to will also be happy. And so will the MV Hospital which needs the money from multi-millionaires like you who can afford it. Your problem on these pages (and I’m guessing elsewhere) is that no one respects people who dishonor their word and then try to weasel out of it by being dishonest. And really, when a person is dishonest about small things and big things alike, no one will believe anything from them, even when they happen to break their streak and tell the truth every once in a while.

          • “You have no knowledge of the bet I ostensibly made.” ~Andrew

            Two lies in one short sentence! We all read your bet, Andrew, and we all know everything there is to know about it. And we all read Don’s acceptance of it. There was nothing “ostensible” about it. Pay up… although I don’t believe you ever will. Is it the arrogant white privilege that rages and argues so insistently against truth? Is it the fear of loss of white power that makes you lie so fervently and believe the garbage that you spew here? Do you know when you are repeating lies? Are the lies soothing to you, as you dismiss others as bitter or hateful for calling out your dishonesty? Or is it simply obedience to the mind control of a cult that makes you behave so? As long as you continue to post on these pages, no matter what the subject is, there will be people here to remind you of your dishonor and unwillingness to keep your word… until you pay up.

        • Yesterday there was another island case in a very young person. From the Gazette: “The individual — a female under the age of 20 — tested positive for the virus off-Island, according to Tisbury health agent Maura Valley. Three individuals under the age of 20 have now tested positive for the virus.”

          Only the very stupid think the virus will just disappear on its own. Medical experts believe that surges and increased cases among young people will spread to those most at risk for dying. They also say that those most at risk are observing better precautions, which may also help account for the current lowered death rate. A lowered death rate is a good thing, but it is not a good thing to keep old people, those over 75, (like you, Andrew) locked away to keep them safe. What the country needs and never got, and it may be too late now, is a nation-wide shut down and mandatory distancing and masks to contain the virus. We know that it works because it is proven in countries who had good leadership. The denials and bits and pieces here and there in this country have destroyed livelihoods and life itself for many.

          • Jackie the medical experts that you worship are wrong all the time and I wont listen to that leprechaun Fauci who has been wrong since the beginning. Yes some young people got the virus but they are not sick. Lots of people got the virus and didnt know it. My daughter got it and so did her daughters. They had symptoms but didnt need treatment. The destroyed livelihoods come from shutting down the economy. I just spent one week in Northern Wisconsin with gunlovers and hunters and no masks–people enjoying life and no uptick. You never told me why the vandals and thugs who destroyed some of our cities didnt social distance but you insist that we churchgoers must. Oh I forgot those were peaceful protesters. Your ilk have been running our big cities for 50 years which is proof that liberal policies dont work.

        • Dead is dead, what difference the age make?
          What difference does it make as to who gets the virus?

          The relationship between lockdowns and contracting and deaths from the virus has been made perfectly clear.
          Texas and Florida were in lockdown and their numbers went down.
          They unlocked and their numbers went right back up.

          • ajay, this is the kind of simple mindedness so prevalent on these posts. You dont care who gets the virus and who dies–you think it makes no difference. does it make a difference that a person who hang glides is more likely to have an accident than one who doesnt? it is very important for people to understand what their vulnerability is. If it is old people with underlying conditions that makes a lot of people very safe. If it is never children it makes the school population very safe. do you get it? Now you will trot out some random statistic that one 9 year old kid got it and that somehow proves your theory the virus doesnt discriminate. The virus is a big discriminator. Actually New York and California had lockdowns and their numbers went up.

          • Andy: “A country isn’t a rock. It’s not an extension of one’s self. It’s what it stands for. It’s what it stands for when standing for something is the most difficult! Before the people of the world, let it now be noted that here, in our decision, this is what we stand for: Justice, truth, and the value of a single human being.” (Judgment at Nuremberg ,1961, film) The value of a single human being. It is difficult to discern whether your are more proud that you do not have this value, or that you are proud that you don’t have this value at the top of your voice.

        • The protesters are called protesters because they protested.
          There is nothing so called about it.
          How many people on the Island contracted the virus by protesting?

        • “You lash out in all directions as a very unhappy and bitter person.” You mean just like you’re doing now? (We all saw the bet first hand. You’re on the hook for a grand.)

        • Andy, should we have Don post your comment again? They was no mention of a time limit to respond. And when he did respond, you never told him he took to long to respond. You lost. If you’re as honorable as you claim to be, you would just admit it and pay him.

    • Daily Covid 19 deaths are on the rise in in 6 states.
      How long will it take them to escape to the Vineyard?

    • Thank you for the source of the photo. Kinda surprised the editor didn’t address it when Tis first brought it up.

  3. Nice to hear Julian didn’t really get badly sick from this novel virus. Now he has antibodies to fight off a second attack.

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