Surge in COVID cases continues

Nicole Jackson

For the third consecutive week, the Island boards of health have reported more than 100 cases of COVID-19, and for the second week in a row, the Island remains at “high risk” for the spread of the illness, based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control.

Many of the Island health boards have issued a mask advisory for indoor spaces, including Tisbury, Chilmark, Edgartown, and Oak Bluffs. West Tisbury will consider one at a meeting later this week.

From Sunday, May 15, through Saturday, May 21, the Island reported 135 cases of COVID-19, with the seven-day positive PCR test results at 48. The Island boards now report a mixture of at-home results as well as PCR tests, which are administered by the hospital. According to the report provided by the Island boards of health, there have been four hospitalizations over the past seven days, and one person remained hospitalized as of Tuesday. There have been 50 since Sunday.

Last week there were 158 positive test results, and the previous week there were 101. These are case numbers that had not been seen on the Island since January.

The boards continue to encourage individuals to wear masks indoors, stay up-to-date with vaccines and boosters, and to get tested if they experience symptoms.


  1. Is this a story that really needs to be told? We’re over it. Those who are concerned know what to do to avoid covid. The rest of us have moved on. If we get it there’s plenty of treatment options.

    • Is this a comment that really needs to be posted? We’re over it. Don’t you have something better to do than deride a newspaper for telling the news because it isn’t something you care about?

    • John– I find it interesting that you still feel the need to tell us that covid is over.
      According to you, and a few other deniers, this was over last summer, when there were a total of 12 cases on island from june 5 2021 through July 10 2021.
      So how do you deal with the reality that you were so wrong then, and so wrong now ?
      Hmmmmm– I see you have an interesting strategy — you are now trying to convince us that there are “plenty of treatment options” — I can only assume you mean horse dewormer, iv bleach treatments , ivermectin ( which is authorized to treat parasitic infections — how ironic) or various other whacko “cures”. —
      Sorry, John– this pandemic is not over. On the 7 day average , 236 Americans are still dying from this every day.
      In 2021, Covid was the third leading cause of death in the United States.

    • Sometimes, when I get up on the wrong side of the bed, I get back in, and try again! 🙂

  2. Yes, this story needs to be told. We need a constant reminder, nagging that it might be to some, that Covid is with us, and rumbling through the hills and and field, the market, the movies, and at parties, so take care, mask up and don’t be lazy.

    • The flu is with us. Pink eye is with us. Cancer is with us. It’s called life. It sucks. Live your best life.

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