COVID cases dip to lowest this year

Only four new confirmed cases reported last week.

Only four new cases reported last week.

The Martha’s Vineyard Boards of health reported four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 last week — the lowest weekly total in 2021.

Cases hit their highest weekly total this year in late March with 101 cases, but have been on a general downward trend. The week of May 23 there were 26 cases. The week of May 16 there were 55 cases.

Last week’s cases consisted of three people in their 20s and one person in their 50s. Three were symptomatic and one had no symptoms. All were reported from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Overall the vast majority of cases have been people in their 30s with 348 cases.

In total there have been 1,503 confirmed positive cases since testing began in March 2020. Of those 770 are male and 733 are female.

The Island has reported nine COVID clusters, including an October wedding (eight cases), Cronig’s Market (19 cases), a Bible study group (11 cases), M.V. Hospital (five cases), Project Headway (four cases), King’s barbershop (eight cases), Shirley’s Hardware (all six staff), the Barn Bowl & Bistro (nine cases), and Cardboard Box (three). A cluster is defined as more than two people from different families or households with a shared source of infection.

As of Friday, the hospital has administered 18,925 tests, with 1,083 positive results. There have been 17,834 negative tests and zero pending results. 

As of Monday, TestMV, which is located in the parking lot at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, has now administered 38,334 tests, with 375 positive results, 37,829 negative results, and 130 tests pending.

The town of Aquinnah has conducted 456 self-administered tests, of which two have come back positive, 454 negative, and no pending results.

As of Saturday, the Martha’s Vineyard public schools have administered 15,098 tests. Of those, 18 have tested positive.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has reported a total of 14 positive cases of COVID-19.

Due to how tests are conducted, there can be a discrepancy between the number of positive individuals and the number of positive tests reported.