Update: Hospital, TestMV report new cases

Of the Island’s 67 confirmed cases, 63 are no longer symptomatic and have been released from isolation.

The hospital is encouraging preventative care and flu shots. — Kyra Steck

Updated 4:50 pm

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and the TestMV site both reported new cases of COVID-19 Friday.

The hospital’s new case is its eighth and brings the hospital’s total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases to 45 since it began testing in March. In total, the hospital has tested 3,970 patients, with 3,896 negatives, and 29 pending results. There are currently no patients hospitalized with COVID-19. In April, the hospital transferred three patients off-Island who tested positive for COVID-19.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Hospital CEO Denise Schepici and chief nurse and operating officer Claire Seguin said the recent uptick in cases over the past two weeks was expected, but the hospital is monitoring the data closely. Schepici also reiterated the importance of wearing masks and socially distancing.

On Friday, TestMV reported a new case. The testing site run by Island Health Care and testing asymptomatic individuals has tested 11,299 patients with 22 positives, 10,643 negatives, and 635 pending results. The town of Aquinnah has tested 134 patients with zero positives, 109 negatives, and 25 pending results. The Martha’s Vineyard boards of health have confirmed one other case separately, bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 67.

The Island has seen 14 new cases in August. Of the Island’s 67 confirmed positive cases, 63 are no longer symptomatic, and have been released from isolation. Three are still being monitored by public health officials, and one was lost to a follow up call. Health officials have linked 25 of the confirmed cases to several cases among nine different household groups, according to the boards of health.

Due to the hospital, boards of health, and the town of Aquinnah all reporting their own data at different times of day and due to someone being tested at multiple sites, exact numbers can be difficult to calculate.

On Friday, of the 67 confirmed cases, 43 are female and 24 are male. Of those, 17 of the cases are 50-59 years old, 14 are 20-29 years old, nine cases are 60-69 years old, 11 are 30-39 years old, nine are 20 years old or younger, four 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 Friday, there were 438 newly reported cases bringing the state’s total to 117,888. The state also continues to see COVID-19 related deaths. On Friday 16 new deaths brought the total number of deaths to 8,791.

 

Updated with new TestMV case and current numbers. — Ed.