Fully vaccinated and symptomatic cases reported

16 new positive test results last week, with some individuals testing positive for COVID-19 and experiencing symptoms despite being fully vaccinated.

COVID cases are headed in the wrong direction. -Nicole Jackson

There were 16 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Martha’s Vineyard last week, including several individuals who were symptomatic even though they are fully vaccinated.

The new cases are the biggest rise in cases the Island has seen since May, according to the boards of health weekly report.

The 16 cases reported between July 11 and 17 are more than all of the cases reported in the previous six weeks. 

The weekly report included vaccination information for the new cases, and shows that even some individuals who were fully vaccinated contracted COVID-19 and experienced symptoms.

Of the 16 cases, six are fully vaccinated, six are not vaccinated, and four had an unknown vaccination status. Additionally, 11 of the new cases were symptomatic, one had no symptoms, and four were unknown.

The age of the new cases varied, with two cases under 10 years of age, two between the ages of 11 and 19, one in their 20s, three in their 30s, one in their 40s, one in their 50s, two in their 60s, and four older than 70.

In a follow-up email to The Times, boards of health spokesperson and Tisbury health agent Maura Valley said five of the six vaccinated individuals were symptomatic. She added the Island has not yet received any results from the state epidemiologist for COVID variant testing.

Ten of the new cases are still being monitored by public health officials, two are not, and one was referred to an off-Island health facility. Three of the new cases were lost to follow-up communication from public health officials.

There were 14 cases reported from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, one from TestMV, and one from an off-Island provider.

This all comes as the hospital has administered more than 27,000 vaccine doses — 13,692 first doses and 13,778 second doses. 

As of July 15, the hospital has administered a total of 20,865 COVID tests. Of those, 1,102 are positives and 19,755 are negatives. 

The TestMV site has administered a total of 39,209 COVID tests. Of those, 376 are positives, 38,666 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 16, the most recent data available, there were 269 new cases reported, for a total of 665,801 since the pandemic began. There were three new deaths Sunday. The state’s total deaths since the pandemic began is 17,634. Meanwhile, the federal government is warning against COVID misinformation.


  1. Martha’s Vineyard…


    For both Covid19 unvaccinated and vaccinated — inside and outside — while we still can!

  2. 0I think that we all need to ear masks inside and outside where needed. I have had both my vaccinations but still feel it is important to continue to be careful. I have spoken with a people who are not getting vaccinated and it is because they are listening to misinformation about Covid. I am concerned as two are friends of mine and I do not want them to get sick.
    We will never win out with Covid unless we are all vaccinated.

  3. Left a comment yesterday, with factual data. Yet, it was not allowed, as I do not see it.

    What is the problem with real debate?

    Or is presenting actual information as opposed to circumstantial or guesses about the virus not allowed?

    • I find MVT to very open in their comment section.
      Particularly when the comment has a factual basis.
      Give it another try, re-post your facts.

  4. If Trump were President at this time, the liberals would be all over him for letting this pandemic continue the way it has with Delta. I remember when Biden said it would be a dark winter, well its a dark summer under his administration. Some of you might remember that both Joe and Kamala told us they would not trust the Trump vaccine. How ironic.

    • Actually, andy– we liberals know that surge it is not because of anything Biden has done.
      At the recent CPAC conference people applauded quite enthusiastically when a speaker noted that the Biden administration had not achieved the 70 % vaccination rate he had set for July 4 th. Stupid governors in states with high levels of “the undereducated” ( remember them ? trump loves them) have passed stupid laws to disincentivise their stupid constituents from getting the jab. They have passed laws forcing private businesses to allow potentially infected people into crowded places. You only have to look at a map of the most infected states to know which one’s have passed these reckless and dangerous laws.
      But tell me oh great predictor and analyzer– what has Biden done to exacerbate the situation ? Where has Biden failed except to not FOCRE people to get the vaccine ?
      What would you have him do ? Hire his son Hunter to make sure that the government put millions of dollars into his father’s pocket by purchasing unauthorize and defective vaccines from certain middle eastern countries ?
      We tried that kind of corruption with the last loser regime.

    • Yes all negatives are the siting President’s fault.
      Just like 600,000 dead Americans are Trump’s fault.

      There are now four viable vaccines. There is no Trump vaccine. Trump is not a doctor, biologist, chemist or have any background in manufacturing
      The four vaccines were developed while Trump was President.
      Joe and Kamala never told us that they would not trust the vaccines, Kamala did say she would not take a vaccine made by Trump, the very same guy who mentioned drinking bleach, huffing Lysol, and pushing a marginal antimalarial as the cure all.

      So many Trump supporters have refused to take the “Trump vaccine.” The Delta variant is beginning to change their minds. See the Governor of Alabama.

  5. The reason why the Covid19 Delta variant is presently surging throughout the USA, including Barnstable and Dukes Counties (worst in the state) is because Donald Trump’s played rubes refuse to get the Covid19 vaccination — though Trump got it himself. The Delta variant is a pandemic of the UNVACCINATED. That’s how viruses mutate into more lethal strains. This variant is FAR more threatening than the original strain out of Wuhan, China — thanks to the UNVACCINATED.

    Germany is responsible for the Covid19 vaccines, Andrew.

    • Did you not read the article? The topic is of fully vaccinated individuals getting symptomatic cases.

      Massachusetts has the 2nd highest vaccination rate of any state, 63% fully vaccinated, behind only Vermont at 67%. Dukes County has among the highest vaccination rates in the whole country.

      Your implication that this would be over if the Republicans would just do what they’re told is not supported by the facts, and does nothing to improve credibility.

      By the way, Pfizer is an American company, BioNTech is German. They developed their vaccine together. Moderna is a Cambridge company, and they developed their version in concert with agencies of the US NIH and US HHS. Johnson & Johnson vaccine was developed by their Belgian subsidiary, Janssen, in the Netherlands. Your assertion that Germany is primarily responsible for “the vaccines” is also not supported by the facts.

      • The Delta variant is being spread by the unvaccinated, selfish fools who are irresponsible and a menace to humanity. That is a fact. They are the ones who are dying in hospitals and begging for the vaccine when it’s too late. Yes, they are passing covid to the vaccinated and responsible individuals, many of whom have weakened immune systems and will need a 3rd booster. If everyone who could get a vaccine would actually get it, we’d be home free. It’s not rocket science, and it’s not an implication, it’s a fact. It’s mostly Republicans who are keeping the pandemic alive. They are indeed selfish fools. 20% of Americans think the covid vaccine has a microchip that gets injected and these are mostly Republicans. If you think Trump was great, you’ll believe anything.

      • Kevin, some will continue to catch this because there are still too many unvaccinated walking around without so much as a mask. It’s that basic. We will remain stuck in a bad cycle until more step up. I think the unvaccinated (meaning those who are eligible) fall into two categories. I’ve been talking to some who are genuinely still afraid of side effects, who have questions that can be resolved. I only hope they remain open to accurate information and will have a change of heart now that millions in our country alone have received the vaccine with no issues. All we can do is encourage.

        But there are many others who will never take it purely because they’re motivated by belligerence and ideology. You’re right that it absolutely shouldn’t be political. The virus doesn’t care about our affiliations. Neither should we. We are in this together, truly, and I don’t mean that in the touchy-feely sense. With a virus, the group sinks or swims. But part of the population decided early on that this is a hoax, we don’t need to take action, this is about taking down Trump, etc. I have zero faith those folks are willing to consider coming around. It’s like they’ve chosen a favorite sports team and have to stick with it until the end to save face. No shame in changing one’s mind when presented with facts.

        There’s a reason Fox is now pushing the vaccine hard (after contributing greatly to the hysteria.) They know a big part of their audience makes up the unvaxxed. Which is not to imply all Republicans have been resistant, of course. Some got the shot from the jump and have been following other protocol. I thank them and everyone else who is being responsible. But there is no denying others will always believe COVID is a Democratic hoax, despite its status as a worldwide problem. If they don’t want to get vaccinated, at least stay home.

        MV is obviously a tourist community. While we have good vax rates for locals, there is no way to know the real number of unvaccinated among us at any given time. Not with so many coming and going.

      • Vaccinated people are seeing some symptoms but they are not dyeing.
        The selfish unvaccinated are the spreaders.

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