20 new COVID cases reported

20 new COVID cases last week. — Nicole Jackson

The Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported 20 new COVID-19 cases last week, down from the previous week’s 26 cases.

Of the 20 new cases:

  • 19 were reported from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, and one was reported at TestMV.
  • 17 cases are being monitored by public health officials, and three that are not.
  • 12 are fully vaccinated, six are not vaccinated, two have an unknown vaccination status.
  • 11 were symptomatic, six had no symptoms, and symptoms of three people were unknown.

The majority of new cases are people in their 20s, with six cases, followed by five in their 30s, and four in their 40s.

New cases have remained low since the Island saw a peak of 97 cases in August. The Island has averaged just over three cases per day for the month of October, while in August the Vineyard averaged closer to eight cases per day.

Meanwhile, the hospital continues to offer appointments for third-dose booster vaccines. Currently, third-dose booster shots are only for those who received their second dose of Pfizer at least six months ago, and are either 65 years of age or older, or 18 years or older with an underlying medical condition, or those who work or live in a high-risk setting.

So far this week, there have been seven new cases reported — one on Sunday, four on Monday, and two on Tuesday.


  1. It’s weird to go off island, the wait staff at the restaurant I where I dined…no mask, most of the patrons who walked in, no mask, Walmart no mask. Admittedly, I feel safer wearing mine but is now the time to stop? We are headed into winter which is usually the time we worry about the flu, now we have to be concerned with Covid as well.

  2. John– There is no metric. My personal opinion is that it’s time to drop it.
    Owners of private establishments can require it if they want, but I think it’s time for the government to get out of it.

    • Don, was mask mandate ever a good idea?
      What should the drop point be?
      5,000 dead a day?

      • Albert–The highest daily death toll in the U.S was on Jan 12 2020,at 4504.
        It is of course an unknown as to how high it could have been without masks.
        But I will point out that the Vineyard has been pretty tight on mask mandates, and we have had zero deaths.
        Maybe the masks helped, maybe not. But we couldn’t have had a better result.

        • Is 4505 too many?

          By ‘we’ do you mean the Island could have had a better result?
          What is better than zero?
          When you say ‘we’ are you counting the people who got Covid on Island and died off?
          Do you think that the masks helped reduce the spread on Island?

  3. I was at a Falmouth grocery store and masks weren’t required. People seemed happy. Some people still wore masks and that’s perfectly fine. But we as Americans should have the ability to decide for ourselves. Personally, I believe in wearing the mask in a crowded setting, but that’s my choice. I don’t have the right to make choices for other people, and neither does Matt Poole or anyone else with control issues.

    • As Americans we have decided for ourselfs and the public good with our laws which concern public health. Thank god for democracy and that we are ruled by laws and not the loudest mouth of under educated Civitates.

    • People seem very happy at mask less Trump rallies.
      The government continually makes choices for other people, including Matt Poole.

  4. I wish these numbers were somehow related to the seasonal drop in population. The drop may be misleading.

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