In their weekly report, the Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported only one new case of COVID-19 during the week of June 6 to June 12. The one new case is an encouraging sign for the Vineyard, as weekly confirmed cases continue to decrease.
Only three weeks ago, the boards of health reported 55 cases. In that short amount of time, cases dropped from 26 to four before reaching only one new case last week.
The downward trend in cases comes less than three weeks after Tisbury was the state’s lone “red,” or highest risk, community in the state. Tisbury has seen a significant drop in its positivity rate from 6.86 percent on May 28 to 0.55 percent.
This week’s total case report is the lowest weekly total of 2021, following last week’s four reported cases. The single case, reported by the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, was asymptomatic and was between 11 and 19 years old.
Despite the low number of cases last week, coming in first with the highest percent positivity is Oak Bluffs, with 7.98 percent and 163 tests and 11 cases in the past two weeks. West Tisbury, although low, is the second highest with 2.94 percent and 68 tests. Chilmark has a low positivity rate with 2.27 percent and 44 tests. There is no further or available data for Edgartown or Aquinnah.
Percent positivity is calculated by dividing the number of positive tests by the total number of tests administered over a two week period.
Meanwhile, the hospital has administered over 25,000 vaccine doses — 13,393 first doses and 12,661 second doses. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), 96 percent of people in Dukes County have had at least one vaccination dose and are eligible for their second and 84 percent of people are fully vaccinated.
Since testing began in March 2020, there’s been a total of 1,504 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those, 771 are male and 733 are female.
As of June 8, the hospital has administered a total of 19,259 COVID tests. Of those 1,087 are positives and 18,164 are negatives.
The TestMV site has administered a total of 38,446 COVID tests. Of those 375 are positives, 37,939 negatives, and 132 are pending results.
The town of Aquinnah has administered 456 tests with only two positive results.
As schools come to a close for the summer, there were six students in isolation due to a positive COVID test.
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has reported a total of 14 positive cases of COVID-19.
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.
Due to how tests are conducted, there can be a discrepancy between the number of positive individuals and the number of positive tests reported.