Updated 6:20 pm
Martha’s Vineyard is seeing an uptick in cases including four cases linked to King’s Barbershop in Vineyard Haven.
There were 25 new positive cases reported this week — as of last Friday, the Vineyard had reported 25 cases for all of March
In an email to The Times Friday, Martha’s Vineyard boards of health spokesperson and Tisbury health agent Maura Valley wrote there have been 25 new positive cases of COVID-19 since Monday, several of which are linked, including four cases connected to King’s — two staff and two family members of one staff member. Currently, the boards of health are not aware of any positive cases from King’s customers.
Speaking to The Times by phone King’s co-owner Lamar Moreis said both employees that tested positive were asymptomatic and that one employee spread it to family members when they went into quarantine. He added that King’s is following protocols and no customers that he knows of have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Everybody who comes to our door has to sign in and get their temperature taken,” Moreis said. “It’s mandatory and you can’t take off your mask.”
The boards of health have deployed contact tracers to reach out to most individuals who may have been exposed, but Valley asked for anyone who visited King’s between Thursday, March 18, and Saturday, March 20, to contact their local board of health office if they have not heard from a contact tracer.
“It’s also a good time to remind people that there is still community spread and they should remain vigilant to protect themselves and their families,” Valley wrote.
All of this comes as neighboring Barnstable County has recorded more than 1,000 new positive COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks with a positive test rate of 5.6 percent—more than double the state’s average, according to WHDH.
The uptick is being seen across the state. On Thursday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported 2,274 new confirmed cases — more than double the single-day average of the previous week — with 28,078 estimated active cases. The state is seeing a 2.22 percent positivity average rate over the past seven days.
Updated with comments from King’s co-owner. —Ed.