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TestMV to Offer COVID-19 Testing to Asymptomatic Children, 5-17 Years Old; Site to Move to Three-Day Schedule Post Labor Day

To make an appointment:

(877) 336-9855

To volunteer to help with testing, send us an email:

No-cost, drive-thru diagnostic testing for COVID-19 is now available for any asymptomatic Islander or visitor who wants a test.

Testing is by appointment only. Everyone must pre-register.

To make an appointment, call (877) 336-9855 Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM, or register online through our MyQuest portal.

TestMV is now open for re-testing as well. Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the virus, or those employees with a high volume of public contact should consider re-testing. Please check with your insurance provider or employer to ensure a second or subsequent tests are covered.

UPDATE (8/24/20): TestMV is pleased to announce expanded testing services to include children from five through 17 years old. The asymptomatic COVID-19 PCR testing site at the Martha’s Vineyard High School is now open for testing of teenagers and children beginning today.

In addition, beginning on Labor Day, TestMV will reduce its schedule to three days weekly—Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The site will be closed on Labor Day. The hours will remain the same: 9AM-12PM and 1PM-3:30PM. TestMV has tested more than 10,000 Islanders and visitors since it opened in early June.

For more information on the testing of children at TestMV, click here.

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Martha's Vineyard COVID-19 Statistics

Here are the latest statistics on positive COVID-19 cases on Martha’s Vineyard.

Total Cases
Confirmed Cases

PCR Positive Tests

35 Male
52 Female

Age Range:

<20:
20-29:
30-39:
40-49:
50-59:
60-69:
>70:

13
18
15
6
17
12
6

Probable Cases

21 Antibody Positive
3 Symptomatically Positive

10 Male
14 Female

Age Range:

<20:
20-29:
30-39:
40-49:
50-59:
60-69:
>70:

2
5
0
3
5
7
2

MVRHS Drive-Thru Test Site Results

Here are the latest cumulative results from the COVID-19 drive-thru test site at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

Total Tested
Positive Tests*
Negative Tests
Pending Tests

MV Hospital Test Results

Here are the latest cumulative COVID-19 test results from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Total Tested
Positive Tests*
Negative Tests
Pending Tests

Town of Aquinnah Test Results

Here are the latest cumulative COVID-19 test results from the town of Aquinnah.

Total Tested
Positive Tests
Negative Tests
Pending Tests

Source: Martha's Vineyard Boards of Health, MV HOSPITAL, Town of Aquinnah
Last updated at 6:30PM, October 21, 2020

*Each positive test does not necessarily represent a newly infected individual. For example, a positive test reported on July 1, 2020 by Martha's Vineyard Hospital was a second test for an individual who had previously tested positive. The Total Cases number reflects the most current accounting of unique individuals with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on Martha's Vineyard.

Testing: Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get tested?

You need to register to make an appointment. You can call 877-336-9855, where there are also Portuguese-speaking agents. Or, you can register online through our MyQuest portal (English only). Online registration may allow you to make a same-day appointment if there is space available. In fact, you can drive to the test site and register there for same-day appointments if you have a smartphone or digital device. In both cases, you will be given a date and time to appear at the test site at the Martha’s Vineyard High School.

You must be asymptomatic and at least 18 years old.

How much does the test cost?

There is no out-of-pocket cost to you. All insurance providers are required by law to cover the cost of the test. If you do not have insurance, there are other programs to make sure the test is cost-free.

Is this an antibody test?

This is a test for active COVID-19 virus. It is not an antibody test.

What do I need when I call for an appointment?

Whether you call or register online, you will need to provide the carrier name and member number for your insurance provider.

If you don’t have insurance, you can provide your Social Security number.

If you don’t have a Social Security number, you can still be tested.

You will also be asked for your email and reliable phone number that you will answer when we call.

NOTE: If you are uninsured and you don’t have a Social Security number, you may be prevented from registering online. However, you can still register by calling 877-336-9855.

What do I need when I arrive at the high school test site?

Please bring some form of a photo ID. That can be your driver’s license, passport, photocopy of your passport, state-issued photo ID, school ID, or work ID.

Should I be tested for COVID-19 even if I feel fine? Why?

All asymptomatic islanders and visitors are encouraged to be tested.

Data show that a significant percentage of individuals infected with COVID-19 remain asymptomatic. Widespread testing helps public health officials to identify those who may unknowingly be spreading the disease and prevent or contain potential outbreaks.

Can I just drive up and Be Tested That Day?

Yes, if there are timeslots available. However, you still need to complete the online registration process onsite via your smartphone or other internet-enabled device. As a result, it may be easier to register online before you arrive. Same-day appointments are only available via online registration; it is not possible to make a same-day appointment over the phone.

What if I’m walking or on my bike or motorcycle?

No problem. Walk-up appointments are available via both the call center and the online registration system. Again, if you arrive at the site seeking a same-day appointment, you will need to complete the online registration process onsite via your smartphone or other internet-enabled device.

How does the test work?

This is a self-administered PCR swab test. You remain in your car, windows up. It is not invasive. You will be asked to swab the inside of both nostrils for about 15 seconds and then deposit your swab into the vial medium given to you when you pull into the test site tent. The test takes about five minutes in total.

When will I get results?

Results for TestMV asymptomatic patients will be available in approximately 5 days. First responders and health care workers can expect results within 1-2 days.

Results will be delivered as soon as possible through the MyQuest and FollowMyHealth patient portals, direct text, or phone message. We will update this page with any changes.

What happens if I test negative?

A negative test result only ensures that on the day you were tested, you were not infected with the virus. It does not mean you cannot get the virus. And you should continue to follow the best public health advice to stay safe: keep six feet away from others, wear a mask when you cannot, and wash your hands frequently.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive, you will be called by a medical provider and then followed up by a contact tracer or your local Board of Health. They will answer your questions and guide you through the required minimum of 10 days of isolation. During this period, you cannot leave your home except to seek medical care.

We will also ask for the names of your close contacts to both trace and contain the virus. Testing for COVID-19 will be recommended to these contacts, and they will need to be quarantined for a minimum 14 days.

Your information will remain strictly confidential and treated in the same way as a private medical record. In addition, your name and information will not be shared with any contacts or other agencies, including immigration.

The contract tracer, likely to be either a public health nurse or a member of your Board of Health, will answer all your questions and concerns, and help make any necessary arrangements for food or supplies.

Will my Primary Care Provider be notified of my test results?

Unless Island Health Care provides your primary care, you are responsible for sharing your results with your Primary Care Provider.

Can I get repeated tests?

Yes. A second or subsequent test is recommended if you believe you’ve broken separation protocols or been exposed to the virus. If you have a job that requires a lot of public contact, follow-up tests every two weeks may be advisable. You will need to check with your insurance provider (or your employer) to ensure that a second or subsequent tests will be fully covered.

What if I had an antibody test that showed I had COVID-19?

If you had a positive antibody test off-Island, it is recommended that you follow up with a PCR COVID-19 test. While the antibody test confirms that you had the virus at one point, only a follow up test will confirm whether or not that infection is current and if you are in danger of unknowingly transmitting the virus.

When will antibody tests be available on the Island?

Right now, you can get an antibody test in Falmouth. Antibody tests may become available on-Island later this summer.

Can teenagers or children get tested for COVID-19?

Yes. A parent or legal guardian must sign a consent form for each child under 18. The tests are available for children five to 17 years old.

How do I make an appointment for my children?

You must call 877-336-9855. Appointments for minors are not available online.

Can an adult other than the parent / guardian accompany the minor being tested?

Yes, but the parent/guardian must authorize that individual in writing. This option is included on the required consent form.

Can teenagers be tested on their own, without an adult?

Yes. Minors 14 to 18 years old who can independently perform the self-swab test can come unattended but must provide the written consent form as well as some sort of photo ID. Examples include school ID, learner’s permit, driver’s license or passport.

Can my three kids be tested on the same day?

Yes, multiple minors from the same family can be tested in the same car on the same day so long as the consent forms have been completed for each child. Consent forms will be emailed when you call to make an appointment. If you don’t have email or are unable to use the electronic signature provided, a parent or guardian may fill out consent forms onsite.

How does the test get administered to children?

It’s the same, simple self-swab test used for adults: a 15-second, non-invasive swab of each nostril. It is the adult’s responsibility to determine if the child is capable of being coached through the self-administered test. If not, the clinical observer will coach the adult through administering the test to the child.

How will I get the test results?

Parents with more than one child getting tested together on one day will get an identical negative text/robocall not identifying each child. You will receive a live phone call for a particular child or children who test positive. A public health nurse or board of health member will then walk you through next steps and answer your questions.

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Symptoms of The Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What Should I Do If I'm Sick?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call Island Health Care (or your primary healthcare provider) immediately. IHC patients should call 508-939-9358.

If you are sick with symptoms of respiratory illness, stay home except to get medical care.

IHC patients who have a medical appointment should call us ahead of time if you are experiencing these symptoms, or if you have traveled abroad recently. Do not arrive at IHC in person without calling first; otherwise, you may put others at risk for exposure or infection.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Notify the dispatch personnel if you are experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.

How Can I Protect Myself & Prevent Spread of COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus, and to minimize contact with others if you are sick.

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Here’s how to protect yourself and prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Put distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people outside of your home.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others (you could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick).