The number of COVID-19 cases dropped last week to 10 overall and the number of cases testing positive for the more contagious Delta variant remains at four, according to a report issued Monday by the Island boards of health for the period of July 18-24.
Nine of the positive results were reported by Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and one was reported at TestMV. Of the 10 cases, all of them were symptomatic. Six were fully vaccinated and four were unvaccinated.
The previous week there were 16 cases and so far in July there have been 31 positive test results.
According to the report, four of the cases tested positive for the Delta variant and two more are being tested with the results pending. “Not all cases are tested for the variants,” according to the report.
Four of last week’s positive results were in children 10 and younger — one case was in the 20-29 age group, four were 40-59, and one was a person over 70.
Last week’s results bring the total number of positive results to 1,619 since the pandemic began in March of 2020 with 1,537 confirmed by testing. Of those cases 799 are males and 748 are females.
Later in the day Monday, Maura Valley, the spokesperson for the Island boards of health, issued an update. On Sunday, there were three new positive results (one at the hospital and two at other providers), as well as one probable case. On Monday, the hospital reported one new case and there was one positive test at TestMV making for six cases in the first two days of this week.
The hospital has administered 27,555 vaccine doses — 13,709 first doses and 13,856 second doses.
As of July 24, the hospital has administered a total of 21,200 COVID tests. Of those, 1,115 are positives and 20,077 are negatives.
The TestMV site has administered a total of 39,456 COVID tests. Of those, 377 are positives, 38,911 are negatives, and 168 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.