Updated 3:10 pm
The Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported four new cases of COVID-19 last week — a slight rise from the previous week, but still at an all-time low for this year.
The four new cases between July 4 and July 10 were all symptomatic, according to the weekly report. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Island has had 1,593 cases of COVID-19 — 1,511 confirmed cases and 82 probable cases. Of the confirmed cases, 777 are male and 734 are female. The majority of Island cases have been in their 30s, with 349 reported cases, followed by people in their 20s, with 270.
Cases this week are already on the rise. On Wednesday, Tisbury heath agent and boards of health spokesperson Maura Valley also reported seven new cases on the Island this week.
In an email to The Times, hospital communications specialist Marissa Lefebvre said the hospital is continuing its variant testing with the state epidemiologist. “We have sent samples for testing, but the state has not confirmed or denied additional variants at this time,” she wrote.
The hospital detected the B.117 variant, also known as the U.K. variant, in April, but has not detected any additional COVID variants since then.
The hospital has administered more than 27,000 vaccine doses — 13,674 first doses and 13,695 second doses.
As of July 9, the hospital has administered a total of 20,575 COVID tests. Of those, 1,094 are positives and 19,473 are negatives.
The TestMV site has administered a total of 39,001 COVID tests. Of those, 375 are positives, 38,459 negatives, and 167 are pending results.
The town of Aquinnah has administered 456 tests, with two positive results.
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has reported a total of 14 positive cases of COVID-19.
There were 18 positive tests reported at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools, from a total of 16,122 tested.
Due to how tests are conducted, there can be a discrepancy between the number of positive individuals and the number of positive tests reported.
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.
At the state level on July 9, the most recent data available, there were 169 new cases reported, for a total of 664,575 since the pandemic began. No new deaths were reported Sunday. The state’s total deaths since the pandemic began is 17,634.
Updated to include comment from Marissa Lefebvre. — Ed.