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.