New hospital case brings Vineyard COVID cases to 56

Of those, at least 49 are no longer symptomatic.

The Island boards of health reported four new cases Friday.
 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 5:15 pm

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported a new case of COVID-19 Thursday — the hospital’s third case in less than a week.

On Thursday the total number of patients tested for the virus at the hospital since it began testing in March is 3,166. Of those, 40 have tested positive, 3,087 have tested negative, and 39 are pending results.

As Massachusetts has seen a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases, the hospital has seen an uptick of its own since going the entire month of June without a positive case. In July, the hospital confirmed nine cases.

The hospital’s new case marks four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Martha’s Vineyard since the start of the month. The other case comes from the TestMV site operated by Island Health Care (IHC) at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School reported a new case Tuesday, bringing its total number of positives to 16. As of Thursday, TestMV has tested 7,818 patients, with 7,035 negatives, and 767 tests still pending. The TestMV site tests asymptomatic individuals.

Over the past two weeks, TestMV had a backlog of more than 1,000 tests pending results, but has since cut that number in half. According to the IHC website, increased capacity at the Quest lab in Marlborough along with innovations in pool testing, turnaround times for test results are now averaging five days.

Pool testing is when test samples are combined from several people and tested all at once to detect COVID-19. If a pooled test results in a negative, all samples can be presumed negative; if positive, all samples will need to be tested individually. This is helpful in an area such as Martha’s Vineyard, where the rate of positive tests is low.

“We have recently increased capacity through several lab innovations. These include the use of specimen pooling, which is now in place at three of our laboratories, and improvements in RNA specimen extraction. We have also expanded our lab referral network to include a half dozen laboratories to facilitate greater access to COVID-19 molecular diagnostic testing,” a statement on IHC’s website from Quest reads. “We now have capacity to perform 150,000 COVID-19 molecular diagnostic tests a day. We expect to expand capacity further to 185,000 tests per day by Labor Day, with further gains possible.”

While results will take longer for asymptomatic individuals, first responders and health care workers can continue to expect results within one to two days.

On Thursday, 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.

On Friday, the boards of health confirmed in its expanded report that 49 of the Island’s 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 is not yet available on new cases from this week since the board of health’s expanded report is released every Friday.

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

Of the 56 confirmed cases, 34 are female, and 22 are male. Of those, 15 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 three 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 Thursday, there were 162 new confirmed cases, bringing the state total to 111,533. There were 32 new deaths which brought the total number of deaths to 8,470. There have been 1,262,877 tests conducted across Massachusetts.


Updated with current numbers. — Ed.


  1. This is not my fault.
    I tried to get everyone to wear masks.
    They just would not listen.

    Respectfully yours,
    President Donald J, Trump.

  2. August 6 — 1203 new deaths in the united states– if some idiot tells you there is nothing to worry about, or this is all about testing, or hating trump, worry about them. Do not associate with them– they are dangerous. And if they spread the lie that it only kills old people, ask them “why do you hate old people?” Time to start confronting ignorance and save lives.

  3. . . . “one case was unable to be contacted for follow up” — out and about spreading it to others, I suppose. Were they able to contact “the case” to let them know they were positive? This is a little disconcerting and deserves a smidgeon more investigative reporting. How old was “the case”? Male or female? Island person or visitor? Perhaps the letter “C” could be painted in red on the forehead of everyone receiving a test, only to be removed be a health official once the results are in and/or the person is no longer contagious . . . just a thought.

  4. What dondondon never tell us is how many are 65 and older and how many are 85 and older. He just counts deaths and people die when they get old. He doesnt tell you that the CDC webpage tells us that they are counting pneumonia and influenza as a Covid death and finally he doesnt tell us that the CDC itself spells out in minute detail how its stats are incomplete and proportional and cant be determined until at least 6 months ahead of a death. Yes for most of us–99 percent there is nothing to worry about. Dondondon is such a brilliant researcher but he never gives us a breakdown. The media never gives us a breakdown. One has to search far and wide to find a breakdown. This is all about inculcating fear and giving government more control over our lives. WE the people are never asked,–we are told by the government how to behave and yet we the people are supposed to give power to the government.

  5. What is the reason for the slow turnaround at test MV? It seems to be moving in a very slow pace..

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