79 COVID cases and four more clusters

TestMV site moves to Ag Society property.

nicole jackson

For the first time in five weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases on Martha’s Vineyard dropped.

The Island boards of health reported there were 79 positive test results for COVID-19 last week, a drop from a high of 97 the week before, as the Island has seen a significant uptick in cases during the month of August. It brings the Island’s total number of cases to 1,971 since the pandemic started in March of 2020. 

There have now been nine cases tested for the more contagious Delta variant, and six of them have come back positive.

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has no hospitalizations at the moment, and no one has been taken off-Island due to the virus in recent days, hospital spokeswoman Marissa Lefebvre wrote in an email. Last week there was one person hospitalized, and two people were taken off-Island for treatment.

There were four additional clusters reported. Cronig’s Market in Vineyard Haven has a cluster of four cases, all staff, for the second time since the pandemic began. The Sydney (six cases), Nancy’s (three cases), and the Sand Bar (three cases) are the other three new clusters.

In this latest outbreak driven by the Delta variant, 13 of the 19 clusters have been reported. A cluster is defined as more than two people from different families or households with a shared source of infection.

Of the 79 confirmed cases, 52 were at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, 24 were at TestMV, 1 was at the Wampanoag Tribe, and 2 were from other providers. More than half of the positive cases were people who were symptomatic (41), three were asymptomatic, and the status of 34 was unknown. There were 35 individuals who were fully vaccinated, one was partially vaccinated, 22 were unvaccinated, and 21 were unknown.

There were also six probable cases.

So far this week, there are 35 new cases — 24 at the hospital, five at TestMV, three at the tribe, and three at other providers.

Meanwhile, the TestMV site opened at its new location at the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society grounds on Monday. Anyone going for the free testing should follow the signs. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The testing site is closed on Wednesdays. It had to relocate from West Tisbury School because classes start next week.

As of August 27, the hospital has administered a total of 24,547 COVID tests. Of those, 1,357 were positive and 23,182 were negative. 

The TestMV site has moved to the Ag Society property in West Tisbury. -George Brennan

The TestMV site has administered a total of 41,898 COVID tests. Of those, 453 were positive, and 41,445 were negative. 

The town of Aquinnah has administered 656 tests, with four positive results.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has reported a total of 24 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.


  1. The reporting is a little confusing. Did I do the math correctly? I got a 2.2% infection rate through Aug 27.

  2. Hmmmm– I wonder what changed last week …
    Hmmmm– perhaps a mandatory mask mandate had something to do with it.

  3. We have 335 (at least) new Covid19/Delta cases on Martha’s Vineyard since August 1st.

    The August clusters in Edgartown: Alchemy; The Port Hunter; The Covington; The Wharf; The Newes Pub/Kelley House; The Harborview Hotel; The Terrace/Charlotte Inn; and 19 Raw/Prime.

    The August clusters in Oak Bluffs: The Ritz; Fishbones; Nancy’s; and The Sandbar.

    The August cluster in Vineyard Haven: Cronig’s Market

    Not exactly sure we should be celebrating just yet.


  4. Correction: August Covid19/Delta clusters in Edgartown also includes The Sydney Hotel.

    Edgartown is a Covid19/Delta Petri dish of contamination.

    • Don’t forget, Nancy Pelosi stayed at The Sydney the weekend of Obama’s birthday party. Whether her entourage brought it with them or took it with them is yet to be seen.

      • Christopher
        It might be an interesting research project for you to look up whether Nancy or any of her entourage has tested positive in the last month or so.
        They all get tested every week, and they were all tested before the party.
        So unlikely they brought it with them. If any of them actually tested positive since the party ,Hannity and Ingraham would be running it as their top story.
        But in case either of those journalistic geniuses missed it, it is publicly available information.

        • My comment was not meant as an accusation; simply an observation. The security details that weekend vastly outnumbered the individuals with recognizable names.

        • An aide to Nancy Pelosi tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks before the congresswoman was at the Sydney Hotel.

        • An aide to Nancy Pelosi tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks before the congresswoman was at the Sydney Hotel. Oh, and for clarification, Pelosi did not attend Obama’s birthday party.

  5. Covid is a part of life now and until something changes; masks are with us for the foreseeable future and remember to wash your hands too. Getting vaccinated is something that should be done as well, if you are medically able.

    People just need to accept that life as we knew it, is over, at least for now.

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