One new COVID-19 case Thursday

TestMV has two new positive COVID-19 results Thursday, but one is someone who tested positive for a second time. — MVT file photo by Lexi Pline
 Test MV/Drive-through siteMV HospitalOther/Boards of HealthAquinnahTotals
Total tests performed781831667511059
Total negatives703530876910191
Total pending767396812
Total confirmed positives16401056
Percentage positive of total tests performed.20%1.26%.51%
Antibody tests1717
Off-Island tests
Symptomatic positives33
Total Cases (positive tests + antibody tests + symptomatic positives)76

Two new confirmed cases were reported by the TestMV site Thursday afternoon, but one of those new cases was a retest who had already tested positive, bringing the total number of confirmed cases on the Island to 49.

The TestMV site confirmed Thursday it has tested 5,456 people with 14 positives, 5,094 negatives, and 348 pending results.

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported no new cases Thursday. The hospital has tested 2,522 patients. Of those, 35 have tested positive, 2,377 have tested negative and 110 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. 

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. 

TestMV, the testing site set up at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School that is testing asymptomatic individuals, previously only accepted registration through a call center, but is now offering a streamlined method to sign up and ramp up testing on Martha’s Vineyard.

The link to register and choose an appointment is There is also a QR code that those coming directly to the test site can instantly access to register.

The call center will still be open 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday and offers Portuguese-speaking agents.

“This new online capability gives people multiple ways to register, make an appointment and get tested for COVID-19,” Cynthia Mitchell, CEO of Island Health Care (IHC) which holds the clinical license to and oversees TestMV, said in the release. “Online won’t be for everyone, which is why we’re keeping the phone lines open, but it does add convenience and efficiency to the test site.”

Those who test positive will be contacted by a medical provider and followed up by a contact tracer. Appointments are only for those 18 years old and older and who are asymptomatic.

This comes as cases are rising not only with increased TestMV testing, but around the Island and across the country.

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 49 of the confirmed cases, 29 are female, and 20 are male. Of those, 13 of the cases are aged 50-59 years old, 12 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 20 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.


  1. Statistically the number of positives is close to zero. When does this effort become a waste of time, effort and money.

    • BS, the effort is intended to keep the number as close to zero as possible. That’s it, that’s the goal. If you consider the numbers to be low, we aren’t wasting our time.

  2. ajay–with all due respect– could you try to actually say what you really believe, rather than be all over the place trolling for comments?

    • I believe that there is some truth to all points of view.
      Some people are very reluctant to express a point of view.
      I am not.
      I do not think that I have expressed a point of view on here that is not firmly held by at least 10% of the commenters on here.
      I am no partisan, I follow no dogma.

      • Ajay, I’m a fan of friendly sarcasm, but sometimes it doesn’t translate well. It gets really confusing when one person is all over the map about the same issue. Was going to link a clip of Jan Brady’s inner voices to back this up with a visual, but darn it, YouTube is lacking. You’ve made some good points lately that I assume fall in line with your genuine feelings. Sticking to those may help us stay on track. 👍

        • You seem to be focusing on the messenger not the message.
          Are you confused by fiscal Conservatives who are also social Progressives?
          I do not follow any track.

          The scary part is that so many of my comments, stripped of their sarcasm, are so widely held.

          • I don’t mean your politics. It’s just that if you post “corona is the worst” and “corona is no big deal” under the same article, it tends to send replies flying in two opposite directions rather than focusing on the authentic message or topic. Obviously you’re free to post what you wish. I was just agreeing with Don. No offense to you intended.

  3. I am very confused about this Free testing. They collect and bill your insurance company. I called mine, blue cross & blue shield of MA. They said they don’t cover you if you don’t have symptoms and if it hasn’t been ordered by your doctor. The call center told me you get 1 free test after that you have to sign a waiver to pay for it yourself. So.. if you are a local wait until the end of the summer to get your 1 & only free test?

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