Island cases at 48

Two at MVH, one at TestMV, and one probable bring total to 48.

Two new cases at the hospital Monday. — Lexi Pline

Test MV/Drive-through siteMV HospitalOther/Boards of HealthAquinnahTotalsIncrease in number of cases, last 7 days
Total tests performed19182648630525973
Total negatives18367631230124980
Total pending7681074879
Total confirmed positives476820113
Percentage positive of total tests performed.24%1.05%.43%
Antibody tests, Off-Island tests, symptomatic positives2424
Total Cases (positive tests + antibody tests + symptomatic positives)13720

Updated July 21

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported no new cases Tuesday morning holding the Island’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 48. 

As of Tuesday, the hospital has tested 2,416 patients. Of those, 2,326 have tested negative and 55 are pending results.

On Monday, two new cases at the hospital marked five confirmed cases in the past week for the hospital. The new cases are a departure from last month, a span of four weeks where the hospital had no new confirmed cases.

On Friday, the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health confirmed that 38 of the 48 cases are no longer symptomatic and have been released from isolation. Four cases are still being followed by public health officials, and one case was unable to be contacted. 

On Tuesday, Island Health Care — set up as TestMV at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School with the help of Quest Diagnostics and testing asymptomatic individuals — confirmed it had tested 5,094 individuals, 12 of whom have tested positive, 4,864 negative, and 218 pending results.

The town of Aquinnah has tested 49 people. Of those, all 49 tests have come back negative and there are no pending results.

The Martha’s Vineyard Boards of Health have separately confirmed another positive case, bringing the Island’s total confirmed cases to 48.

The boards of health have linked 23 of the confirmed cases to several cases among eight different household groups. 

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, town of Aquinnah, boards of health, and TestMV, the testing site at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, each report their own testing numbers. Those numbers are then all compiled by the boards of health. The actual number of cases can be difficult to count due to lag time and overlaps in testing each day.

IHC’s website, which compiles numbers reported by each organization, says each positive test does not necessarily represent a newly infected individual.

“For example, a positive test reported on July 1, 2020 by Martha’s Vineyard Hospital was a second test for an individual who had previously tested positive. The Total Cases number reflects the most current accounting of unique individuals with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on Martha’s Vineyard,” the site reads.

Of 48 of the confirmed cases, 28 are female, and 20 are male. Of those, 13 of the cases are aged 50-59 years old, 11 are 20-29 years old, eight cases are 60-69 years old, six are 30-39 years old, five are 20 years old or younger, three are 40-49, and two are 70 years or older.

The boards of health are also reporting on probable cases. As of Monday, the Island’s total number of presumed positives rose to 20 with one new probable case. Of those 17 were positive antibody tests, and three were symptomatically positive.

Of the probable cases, 12 are female and eight are male. Of the 19 presumed positive cases, seven are aged 60-69, four are aged 50-59, three are aged 40-49, three are aged 20-29, two are under 20 years old, and one is over the age of 70.

This all comes as Massachusetts is seeing a decline in confirmed cases, deaths, and hospitalizations, but also as the confirmed cases are increasing across the country.

At the state level Tuesday, there were 165 new confirmed cases, bringing the state total to 107,221. There were 17 new deaths which brought the total number of deaths to 8,231. There have been 1,052,369 tests conducted across Massachusetts.


  1. It looks like the second wave is coming earlier than expected.
    How much longer are we going to have to put up with this silly mask nonsense?

  2. Again this is not news nor surprising.
    More tests, more positive cases. More visitors more positive cases.
    Maybe the times should look into visitors that test positive when they go back to their primary residence after visiting the island.
    All this report does is feed fear to the weak minded that think it’s surging on the island

    • Swimmer– look at your comment, and try to explain why it should not get the “dondondon most ridiculous comment of the month award.

  3. no surprise here— last Saturday i was on beach road between OB and Edgartown– all parking spots full, no mask, no distancing at the bridge– Three cases in one day for a population of our size is concerning– if the trumpettes want me to run some more numbers, just ask, and I will do it.

  4. Population is much higher than anyone thought
    Nothing to do with political views
    Simply not news
    This site is a joke

    • Swimmer,

      Nothing to see here, folks. Move along. ???? ???? ????

      Let’s go Red Sox and Yankees!!


  5. The majority of people on the island this month are not from here. It would be nice to know how many of these cases are imported vs. native

    • All cases are imported, since the virus did not originate here. Someone or someones have to bring it here and then it can do what it does best– spread. If doesn’t matter if it’s an islander who goes off and brings it back or if it’s a visitor. If it is spread to someone who doesn’t go off-island, and that person in turn spreads it to a visitor, what the heck is the difference? Why does importation matter? If everyone wears a mask and practices social distancing, hand washes and doesn’t congregate, we’d be able to control it better. But people are people and islanders are no different from the folks who visit.

  6. Well, we have some encouraging news today– Even the dumbest president we have ever had is acknowledging that it’s a good idea to wear a mask.
    Better yet, he says it’s “patriotic” . Of course, this confirms what we all knew, which is that the liberals who have been pushing for mask usage and laws for months, are true patriots who love America , and the corona denying mask averse conservatives hate America.
    There you have it folks, straight from the president .
    sorry to all you folks who don’t believe the fake news for using some other source than fox “news”
    but they aren’t saying a word about it.. Hmmmmm — I wonder why ? The must be having emergency meetings to figure out how to spin this one.. I almost feel sorry for those lying exec’s over there — nah. not at all-
    If Business insider is good enough for Aquinnah, it’s good enough for me.

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