UPDATE: 32 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday

State sees drop in seven-day percent positivity rate.

The Island boards of health reported four new cases Friday.

Updated @4:50 pm

The Island boards of health reported six new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday for a total of 32 cases since Friday, including the first positive school case under the new testing program there.

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 over the four days.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the hospital has conducted 11,523 tests for COVID-19 since March. Of those, 513 have tested positive, 10,953 negative, and 57 are pending results.

There are currently two patients hospitalized with COVID-19. The hospital reported that one of the two patients reported hospitalized on Wednesday was discharged on Friday. Another patient was admitted on Saturday. Both patients are in “good condition” according to communications specialist Marissa Lefebvre.

On Jan. 12, the hospital sent a patient in “serious condition” off-Island by MedFlight. There have been four total COVID-19-related transfers since the pandemic began.

In an expanded report Friday, the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported that there are 91 active cases of COVID-19 on the Island. Each of those active cases was an individual that tested positive between Jan. 3 and Jan. 15.

The Martha’s Vineyard public schools have tested 1,265 individuals. On Saturday, the school testing site reported one positive result.

As of Friday, TestMV has conducted 30,544 tests since June. Of those, 218 have tested positive, 29,269 negative, and 1,057 are pending results.

There were also three probable cases reported on Tuesday, one antigen positive and two symptomatic for a total of 46 since March.

The town of Aquinnah has conducted 405 tests, of which one has come back positive, 404 negative.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) reported two new cases Friday for a total of four since testing began at the tribe.

Individuals may be tested more than once to confirm illness or to be released from isolation. This can result in a discrepancy between the number of positive individuals and the number of positive tests reported.

Since March, there have been 738 cases of COVID-19 reported on Martha’s Vineyard. Of those 371 are male and 367 are female with the majority of the cases being in individuals between 20 and 39. Only 31 cases have been reported in individuals over 70 years old.

The vast majority of those cases were reported in the past two months, when the Island’s first cluster of cases was linked to a wedding in October. Since then, the Island has seen 641 cases of COVID-19 — almost seven times 89 cases reported on the Island between when testing began in March and Oct. 25.

In addition to the wedding cluster, which reported eight cases, clusters at Cronig’s Market with 19 cases and a Bible study group with 11 cases have also been reported.

On Monday, the state reported 3,224 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The state’s seven day average of percent positivity has dropped to 5.91 percent after several weeks of being above eight percent. There are an estimated 98,750 active cases statewide. There were 52 new deaths, for a total of 13,424 COVID-19 deaths since March.

Updated with Tuesday’s report from Island boards of health. 


  1. Vineyarders are anxious to hear WHERE an when senior vaccines will get started here. How about Councils On Aging for distribution centers??

  2. Your daily articles have only mentioned the number of cases but not the number of fatalities. What are those numbers since March?

    • James — according to the CDC there are no confirmed deaths on M.V.
      However , early on in the pandemic, someone who had been diagnosed with it on the Vineyard was air lifted to Boston and died shortly thereafter. The cause of death was said to be not directly caused by covid. It also seems like this individual was not a Vineyard resident, and it is unknown where they contracted it.
      Having said that, did see one source ( weather underground) that for a time counted that one case as a covid death in Dukes County.
      They have since removed that.
      I also don’t know whether or not a case that is diagnosed on MV but the death occurs in Boston would be logged as a Boston death or an MV death.

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