Update: New COVID-19 case at TestMV site

Hospital’s 38th case comes as state sees a rise in positive COVID-19 tests.

The Island boards of health reported four new cases Friday.

Updated August 4

The TestMV site reported a new case Tuesday, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 16.

As of Tuesday, the TestMV site reports 7,473 total tests performed, with 6,905 negatives, and 552 tests still pending. According to the TestMV website, due to high demand for COVID-19 molecular testing nationwide, results for TestMV asymptomatic patients will now be available in seven or more days. First responders and health care workers can continue to expect results within one to two days.

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported a no new cases Tuesday. Their total number of confirmed cases is at 38 confirmed cases since the hospital began testing for the virus back in March.

On Tuesday the total number of patients tested for the virus at the hospital are 3,094. Of those, 2,983 have tested negative and 73 are pending results. 

The hospital’s new case Monday brought the Island’s total number of confirmed cases to 54, based on reports from the hospital, Island boards of health, the TestMV site, and the town of Aquinnah.

Also on Monday, the town of Aquinnah reported it has conducted 75 tests, with 69 total negatives and six pending results. 

The MVH, the 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.

The boards of health and the hospital do not report data on Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday, the boards of health confirmed that 49 of the confirmed cases are no longer symptomatic and have been released from isolation. two cases are still being followed by public health officials, and one case was unable to be contacted for follow up. Data on Monday’s confirmed case at the hospital was not yet available.

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

Of 54 of the confirmed cases, 33 are female, and 21 are male. Of those, 14 of the cases are aged 50-59 years old, 13 are 20-29 years old, eight cases are 60-69 years old, six are 30-39 years old, eight 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. The Island’s total number of presumed positives is 20. 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.

At the state level Tuesday, there were 438 new confirmed cases, bringing the state total to 111,033. There were 9 new deaths which brought the total number of deaths to 8,436. There have been 1,234,106 tests conducted across Massachusetts.

Last week Gov. Charlie Baker said the state is seeing a small rise in confirmed cases. A key piece of data the state has been monitoring is the percentage of coronavirus tests that come back positive. That number has increased in the past few weeks from 1.7 percent to approximately 2 percent.

This comes as Baker’s order—requiring everyone coming into the state to fill out a “Massachusetts Travel Form,” while also quarantining for 14 days, unless they are coming from a state where the coronavirus risk is lower, or they can produce a negative coronavirus test results that was taken no more than 72 hours prior to coming to Massachusetts—went into effect on Saturday. Those who don’t comply are subject to a fine of $500 per day.


Updated with numbers from Tuesday, August 4. — Ed.


  1. It would be insightful to know how many of these new cases are from the year-round population and how many are from the seasonal visitors. If you look at the beaches and certain downtown areas, there are a lot of casual Charlie’s flocking together with no masks, whether or not that is a contributing factor is interesting.

  2. Americans still so myopic about their health. Worried about a virus wearing a mask all the while shopping for oreos and doritos. Kh the hypocrisy is maddening.
    Why are Americans dying? Because they were sick long before this virus. The virus is exploiting the unhealthiest country in history.

  3. I’m required to wear a mask not to protect me but my fellow citizens. Okay then, tomorrow I’m going all in to protect my fellow citizens demanding all the convenience stores throw out their cigarettes, ice cream , fritos and cheetos. Same thing for Stop & Shop and Cronigs. Cronigs, for all their virtual signaling, sells products that are killing us far quicker than covid-19. Let’s go after the real killers in society.

    • You’re protecting your fellow citizens from YOU and your cooties, not from hurting themselves if they eat junk, smoke, and get drunk. Personal responsibility is different from civic responsibility. Grown ups who are not selfish understand this. People who do not wear a mask around other people, unless they are 2– or medically impaired– are selfish fools.

  4. d2, too many (easily disproven) stereotypes to be taken seriously. As someone who claims to have been a teacher, you should know better.

  5. What is really maddening is pompous assess telling freedom loving Americans how to live their lives.

    “unhealthiest country in history.”
    World longevity: 72.8 years
    American longevity: 79.5 years.
    American longevity has increased by 11.6 years over the last 70 years.

    Americans are dying because they get sick.
    Life is one long series sicknesses.
    Until it’s over.
    The last one is a real killer.

    Where did you sit for your medical degree?
    History degree?

  6. I broke my own rule just now by not including a source. I found three different sources that come to roughly the same conclusion. I here include one sources for the sake of brevity and that my posts tend to be long-winded.

    “The 10 Unhealthiest Countries, in order of ill health, are as follows:

    1.The Czech Republic
    10.Lithuania and the United States (tied)

    Surprisingly, all of the top 10 countries in Clinic Compare’s Top 10 Unhealthiest Countries list can be found in Eastern Europe (except the United States and Luxembourg). This is primarily due to the widespread use of tobacco and alcohol prevalent in these countries, as well as their high obesity rates.”

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