COVID cases fall to 82 after year high

COVID cases dropped last week. -Nicole Jackson

The number of new COVID cases last week dipped down to 82 cases following a two-week surge in cases for the Island, according to the boards of health weekly report.

From Dec. 19 to Dec. 25 there were 45 cases reported at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, 12 at TestMV, and 25 at other providers. There are 59 cases still being monitored by public health officials, 22 that are not, and one that was lost to follow up. Of the new cases 36 had symptoms, four had no symptoms, and the symptom status of 42 was unknown. Among last week’s cases, there were 41 fully vaccinated individuals, two partially vaccinated, 24 unvaccinated, and the vaccination status of 15 was unknown.

The hospital did not immediately respond to an inquiry about whether any of the positive cases resulted in hospitalizations.

Of the new cases, 13 were under 10 years of age, 13 were between 11 and 19 years of age, 13 were in their 20s, 15 were in their 30s, seven were in their 40s, 11 were in their 50s, eight were in their 60s, and two were older than 70. There have been 2,524 cases of COVID-19 on Martha’s Vineyard since the pandemic began.

The Vineyard saw a sharp increase in cases recently with 217 cases reported in two weeks. In one week there were 112 cases, the most cases in one week in 2021.

The town of Tisbury was reported as a new cluster with five cases. The cluster includes staff from the town’s water department and town hall, according to Tisbury health agent and boards of health spokesperson Maura Valley.

“As a result of the current surge and the positive employees, all town buildings have limited public access as well as limited access for town employees who don’t work in a particular building,” Valley wrote in an email.

Meanwhile, the hospital has administered over 34,000 COVID vaccines —14,935 first doses, 15,045 second doses, and 4,755 booster doses as of Dec. 23.


  1. Good news concerning the decrease in positive COVID cases on the island. I wonder what factor the at-home rapid tests kits are in this decrease since there is not any requirement to report positive tests from such a kit.

    • Bob–The reported positive cases are from people being tested at facilities that report those numbers to officials and the newspapers. Easy enough– But, let me ask you a simple question. If you were going to gather with your extended family and you took a home test, and got a positive result , would you go to the family gathering and not tell anyone, or perhaps lie about it ? I think every responsible citizen would cancel — but then again , there are plenty of selfish ,irresponsible people who think they have the right to infect their family and friends or strangers with what they think is “a little flu”. So perhaps, more people taking the at home test and getting a positive result has discouraged them from attending family gatherings, thereby reducing the spread.
      I know that’s a difficult concept for some people who are only concerned about their own health to grasp, but it may be a factor.

      • If someone is taking a rapid home test isn’t the same person that would knowingly go to a family gathering if they had it. That person wouldn’t waste the time/money to take a home test, they would just go to the party.

  2. No doubt the home testing is reducing official figures. I find it hard to imagine most people who get the positive results at home are going to be in a hurry to report it to the authorities.

    • Why do you think that? Seems to me you test at home to make sure you aren’t going out there and infecting people and if you care about keeping others safe you would report the results. I certainly would. I would think the people who are afraid to report a positive test wouldn’t bother to self test.

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