Updated: 14 new COVID cases since Friday

Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Tisbury all in highest risk category of community spread.

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There were seven new cases reported Friday, but overall the number of positive cases is going down.

Updated Nov. 30 @ 5 pm

As of Monday, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has tested 8,083 individuals since March. In total, 214 have tested positive, 7,794 tested negative, and 75 are pending results. 

The Island has seen its worst spike in COVID-19 cases over the past month. In the past three weeks the Island has reported 45, 63, and 62 cases respectively.

Also as of Monday, TestMV, which tests asymptomatic individuals, has tested 23,758 individuals since it began testing in May. Of those, 92 have tested positive, 21,212 negative, and 1,454 pending results. TestMV has returned to five-day-a-week testing to meet demand amid the surge in cases.

The town of Aquinnah is also conducting its own testing. Aquinnah has tested 343 individuals with zero positives, 339 negatives, and 4 pending results.

The new cases also come as the Island ends its fourth week of a jump in cases that began on Oct. 26, when public health officials reported a cluster of cases linked to a wedding at the Lambert’s Cove Inn. Since then, the Island has seen 212 cases of COVID-19 — more than all the cases reported on the Island between March and Oct. 25 combined.

Of the Island’s 298 confirmed cases, 152 are female and 146 are male. Of those, 69 are in their 30s, 50 are in their 20s, 49 are in their 50s, 48 are in their 40s, 50 are younger than 20, 22 are in their 60s, and 10 are older than 70.

One confirmed case from a Nov. 27 report was removed from the Island’s report because the person was not an Island resident.

The boards of health are also keeping track of probable cases. There are 27 probable cases reported on the Island. Of those, 22 received positive antibody tests, and five have been symptomatically diagnosed. Of those, 15 are female and 12 are male. There are seven in their 60s, six in their 20s, six in their 50s, three in their 40s, two younger than 20, and three older than 70.

According to an expanded report from the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health on Friday, there are 37 active cases of COVID-19 that health officials are still following. All of the active cases are from individuals who tested positive between Nov. 15 and Nov. 27. All other cases are no longer symptomatic, and have been released from isolation. Of all the cases, 122, or 43 percent, are connected to at least one other case. A majority of these connections are within family and household groups or small social groups. Two groups are considered clusters — the October wedding, to which health officials connected eight cases, and Cronig’s Market, which has reported 19 cases.

Oak Bluffs has also joined Tisbury and Edgartown as communities with the highest risk of community spread, according to new data released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

According to the state data, Oak Bluffs had 36 cases in the last 14 days for a positivity rate of 6.46%. Oak Bluffs has had more than two-thirds of its overall 50 cases in the past 14 days. Edgartown, which joined the high risk category last week, has had 38 cases in the last 14 days for a positivity rate of 3.98%. Meanwhile, Tisbury, which has had the highest number of cases on the Island, showed some progress with 33 cases in the last 14 days and a positivity rate of 2.97%.

The surge in cases is happening statewide. On Sunday, the Department of Public Health reported 2,501 positive cases — a 3.8 percent seven-day positivity rate. The number of active cases statewide continues to climb as well with an estimated 43,709 active cases statewide.

The state continues to see new deaths as well, with 46 reported Sunday, for a total of 10,722 statewide.

Updated with new information.

  • Fauci warned us.
    “We the people”need to “be best” to confront this.
    I hope my use of conservative “dog whistle” slogans will help some of the denyers to try not to kill their grandmothers.
    Old people matter.

  • I wish the MV Times would update their subscribers with the daily number of Covid positive. I get daily updated from the Nantucket Inquire on their positive tests.

  • Lots of data but NOT ONE mention of severity of disease or number requiring hospitalization. Have any died? How many have none or mild symptoms? Positive tests alone doesn’t tell us the whole picture…but is that the intention?

    • Yes, I agree with Jim. The reporting is quite confusing. What is the current number of people walking around with a positive test result? How many last week, or even yesterday? Is Tisbury now off red alert as their percentage has gone down? And can we get the totals instead of the breakdown between the three testing sites? Or tell me why it matters to report them separately. MVT, can you bear down on your reporting?

      • Harriet — I agree wit you.
        From the beginning of this whole thing, the times has been reporting mostly useless statistics. Yes some percentage is male, some female– a waste of time to publish it, a waste of time to read it. Everyone was of some age is also almost useless. As Jim says, what is the condition of these people ? How many of these cases are community spread ? I am curious as to how many of the 212 cases since the “wedding” are related to that event, and for that matter how many of them are on island.
        George has told me that privacy rules prevent him from divulging personal information. I understand that. I don’t need to know a name unless of course, I am contacted as part of contact tracing. At the risk of sounding like I am from the department of redundancy department, it would be in the public’s interest to provide relevant data that can help us make informed decisions about what risks are acceptable. We all know there are risks to everything, but we also want to live our lives.

        • Don and Harriet, I agree this data is only part of the story. However, as Islanders, when we think about it, anyone experiencing severe medical problems ends up in Boston. Therefore, our numbers might be skewed (me thinks). Especially, for CoVid-19 complications resulting in mortality.

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