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Iceland sees an increase of 101 COVID-19 cases

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose last week with Martha’s Vineyard health boards reporting 101 new cases between March 28 and April 3.

The 101 new cases are more than double the 47 new cases reported in the week of 21 to 27 March, and more than the next highest weekly in total, which was 99 cases reported during the first week of January .

Clusters of cases continue to emerge and grow across the island with a new nine-person cluster associated with cases at Barn Bowl & Bistro. According to a Facebook post, this restaurant will remain closed for the next few days. A cluster of Shirley̵

7;s Hardware has grown to six cases, and a cluster of cases linked to King’s Barbershop has grown to eight.

The island has had five other clusters, including an October wedding (eight cases), Cronig’s Market (19 cases), a Bible study group (11 cases), MV Hospital (five cases) and Project Headway (four cases).

A cluster is defined as more than two individuals from different families or households with a common source of infection.

In total, there have been 1,097 confirmed positive results on the island since testing began in March – 547 men and 550 women. There have also been 61 probable cases – 35 men and 26 women. There have been 398 cases – 36 percent of the total – that have been linked to at least one other case. In most cases, they involved family members or small social groups.

The hospital has now administered 15,621 tests with 782 positive results. There have been 14,764 negative tests and there are 67 pending results.

Meanwhile, TestMV, located in the parking lot at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, has now administered 35,022 tests with 291 positive results, 35,409 negative results and 322 pending tests.

The city of Aquinnah has conducted 444 self-administered tests, one of which has returned positive, 441 negative and two pending results.

Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools has administered 9,469 tests. Of these, seven have tested positive.

The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) has reported a total of seven positive cases of COVID-19.

Due to how tests are performed, there may be a discrepancy between the number of positive individuals and the number of positive tests reported.

Meanwhile, as of Friday, the hospital has administered more than 11,000 total vaccine doses – 6,853 first doses and 5,524 second doses.

Vaccine qualification extended Monday to those aged 55 and over. The next round of vaccine appointments at the hospital will be available for registration on Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. Qualified individuals can sign up at bit.ly/mvhospitalvaccine.

Those eligible for vaccines include people over 60, people over 18 with two chronic health conditions, adults working in public and private senior housing, K-12 educators and staff, child care workers and workers in the following categories: restaurants, cafes, food, agriculture, retail, food service, grocery store, grocery stores, pantry, transit, public works, sanitation, public health, court system and funeral services.

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