23 new COVID cases in past three days

There have been 23 cases of COVID-19 reported this week.

Updated 3:25 pm 

There were 23 new confirmed cases reported so far this week — six on Sunday, six on Monday, and 11 on Tuesday.

Due to the rise in confirmed cases over the past two weeks, the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health will return to daily COVID-19 reporting data. 

Of the 23 new cases, 19 were reported from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, two from TestMV, and two from other providers.

The Island has seen a significant rise in confirmed cases over the past two weeks with 73 cases reported last week and 101 the week before that.

Two COVID-positive test samples sent to the state epidemiologist came back with “inconclusive results,” according to hospital communications specialist Marissa Lefebvre.

The hospital will pick three or four new COVID-positive samples and send them to the state lab from individuals who recently traveled to Brazil to test for the P.1 variant, she said.

The West Tisbury E.C. Cottle location has closed due to COVID, William Drohein, assistant West Tisbury health agent, confirmed with The Times Wednesday. An employee at E.C. Cottle also confirmed that the West Tisbury location is closed, but declined to comment further. The other lumberyard locations remain open.


Updated to add variant testing — Ed.