August 5, 2020

Strict Out-of-State Travel Order Begins Saturday

Strict Out-of-State Travel Order Begins Saturday

An out-of-state travel order from Gov. Charlie Baker requires visitors from most of the country to fill out a Massachusetts Travel Form before travel and quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

August 4, 2020

One New Case Reported Monday; Numbers Creep Up Around the Region

One New Case Reported Monday; Numbers Creep Up Around the Region

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new positive Covid-19 case Monday as the Vineyard entered the month of August. Cases are creeping upward regionally.

July 30, 2020

Navigating the Pandemic, From Start to Midsummer

Navigating the Pandemic, From Start to Midsummer

More than 70 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. Even more striking is how the virus has in five short months has changed nearly every aspect of life on Martha’s Vineyard.

July 29, 2020

Mass Testing on Cuttyhunk Returns All-Negative Results

Mass Testing on Cuttyhunk Returns All-Negative Results

All 96 residents who were tested for Covid-19 on tiny Cuttyhunk island last week have received negative test results.

July 27, 2020

Two New Covid-19 Cases Reported Over Weekend

Two New Covid-19 Cases Reported Over Weekend

Both TestMV and the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported new cases of Covid-19 over the weekend, bringing the total number of patients who have tested positive for the virus to 52.

July 24, 2020

TestMV Announces Delays in Results Due to Nationwide Demand

TestMV Announces Delays in Results Due to Nationwide Demand

Due to a nationwide surge in demand for testing, patients will now have to wait a week or longer for results from the TestMV comprehensive coronavirus testing site.

July 24, 2020

State Intervenes With Mass Testing on Cuttyhunk

State Intervenes With Mass Testing on Cuttyhunk

A sweeping, state-coordinated public health response has been initiated on remote Cuttyhunk after a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

July 24, 2020

Governor Baker Clamps Down on Out-of-State Travel

Governor Baker Clamps Down on Out-of-State Travel

Gov. Charlie Baker announced further crack downs on out-of-state travel on Friday, issuing a strict travel order for visitors from most of the country.

July 23, 2020

Boards of Health Report One New Case on the Vineyard Thursday

Boards of Health Report One New Case on the Vineyard Thursday

The Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported one new confirmed case of Covid-19 Thursday, bringing the total number of cases on the Island to 69.

July 22, 2020

TestMV Expands to Offer Online Registration

TestMV Expands to Offer Online Registration

In a shift, the comprehensive coronavirus testing site TestMV will now be allowing online and same-day registration for patients, according to a press release from testing officials.

July 21, 2020

Coronavirus Cases Jump from One to Eight on Cuttyhunk

Coronavirus Cases Jump from One to Eight on Cuttyhunk

Eight individuals on Cuttyhunk have now tested positive for Covid-19 with seven coming in the past three days, prompting mandatory mask orders and fears of a broader outbreak.

July 20, 2020

Three New Covid-19 Cases Reported Over Weekend

Three New Covid-19 Cases Reported Over Weekend

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported two new positive tests for Covid-19 on Monday and TestMV reported one new case, marking three new confirmed PCR cases over the weekend.

July 20, 2020

Cuttyhunk Reports First Coronavirus Case, Stretching Public Health Infrastructure

Cuttyhunk Reports First Coronavirus Case, Stretching Public Health Infrastructure

Remote Cuttyhunk — a tiny dot on the far end of the Elizabeth islands chain — has reported its first case of Covid-19.

July 16, 2020

Hospital Reports One New Case Thursday

Hospital Reports One New Case Thursday

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported a new positive Covid-19 test on Thursday — the third likely symptomatic patient to test positive in the past week.

July 16, 2020

Vineyard Turns in Top Testing Rates in Region

Vineyard Turns in Top Testing Rates in Region

Since the pandemic began, Martha’s Vineyard has tested 6,579 residents for the virus, more than any town on the Cape, including Barnstable, despite having a much smaller population.

July 15, 2020

Oak Bluffs Adopts Mandatory Mask Rule

Oak Bluffs Adopts Mandatory Mask Rule

Following close on the heels of Edgartown, the Oak Bluffs board of health voted to adopt a mandatory mask rule for a wide swath of the downtown area Thursday.

July 13, 2020

Case Counts Climb as Summer Crowds Swell, and Testing Keeps Pace

Case Counts Climb as Summer Crowds Swell, and Testing Keeps Pace

A recent uptick in Covid-19 case since the Fourth of July has the Vineyard on edge as high summer arrives, with nine individuals testing positive for the virus and two business closures over the past week.

July 11, 2020

Two New Cases Reported Saturday for Fourth Straight Day

Two New Cases Reported Saturday for Fourth Straight Day

A recent jump in Covid-19 cases on the Vineyard continued Saturday, with Island boards of health reporting two new positive test results for the fourth day in a row.

July 10, 2020

Two New Cases Reported Friday for Third Straight Day

Two New Cases Reported Friday for Third Straight Day

For the third day in a row, Island boards of health reported two new coronavirus cases Friday — marking six new cases in the past three days and seven in the past week

July 9, 2020

Edgartown Makes Masks Mandatory For All in Downtown Area

Edgartown Makes Masks Mandatory For All in Downtown Area

The Edgartown board of health cracked down on mask use on Thursday, issuing an order requiring all people over the age of two to wear face coverings downtown.

July 9, 2020

Two New Cases Reported Thursday for Second Straight Day

Two New Cases Reported Thursday for Second Straight Day

A recent jump in Island coronavirus cases continued on Thursday, with health agents reporting two more positive tests — marking four new cases in the last two days and five since the Fourth of July.

July 9, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Preserves Thousands of Jobs

Paycheck Protection Program Preserves Thousands of Jobs

More than 6,000 Island workers spanning nearly 900 small businesses, nonprofits and sole proprietorships had their jobs preserved through the PPP.

July 8, 2020

Two New Coronavirus Cases Reported Wednesday

Two New Coronavirus Cases Reported Wednesday

Coronavirus cases continued to creep upward on Wednesday, as two more new confirmed positive Covid-19 patients were reported on the Island.

July 6, 2020

Boards of Health Report One New Case Over Holiday Weekend

Boards of Health Report One New Case Over Holiday Weekend

The Fourth of July weekend saw one new positive test case of Covid-19 reported on the Island, as coronavirus numbers slowly inch upward with summer entering full swing.

July 6, 2020

Phase Three Reopening Sees Mixed Response on the Vineyard

Phase Three Reopening Sees Mixed Response on the Vineyard

Two of the Island’s four cinemas will soon be showing movies again, as the third phase of pandemic reopening begins. But many businesses are taking a more gradual approach.

July 3, 2020

Boards of Health Report One New Coronavirus Case Friday

Boards of Health Report One New Coronavirus Case Friday

On the eve of the July 4th holiday, Island boards of health reported one new positive test on the Vineyard, bringing the total coronavirus caseload to 53.

July 2, 2020

Big Weekend Equals Big Beach Days, and Officials Are Worried

Big Weekend Equals Big Beach Days, and Officials Are Worried

High summer is here, and thousands are flocking to Island beaches. But the crowds have many Vineyard officials on edge.

July 2, 2020

Phase Three Reopening Begins Monday

Phase Three Reopening Begins Monday

Museums, gyms and movie theatres will be allowed to restart business on Monday as part of the third phase of the state’s gradual reopening plan.

July 1, 2020

Hospital Reports Its First Coronavirus Case in a Month

Hospital Reports Its First Coronavirus Case in a Month

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported its first positive coronavirus case in over a month on Wednesday, with officials striking a voice of calm on the eve of the Fourth of July weekend.

June 30, 2020

Governor Baker Relaxes Quarantine Rules for Out-of-State Travelers

Governor Baker Relaxes Quarantine Rules for Out-of-State Travelers

Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that the commonwealth would relax its 14-day quarantine advisory for most out of state travelers.

June 29, 2020

Three New Cases Added to Vineyard Covid Count

Three New Cases Added to Vineyard Covid Count

Island health officials reported one new positive coronavirus patient from the TestMV site and two more who had tested positive for viral antibodies.

June 29, 2020

Antibody Testing Remains Scarce on Island

Antibody Testing Remains Scarce on Island

As Covid-19 testing continues to expand throughout the Island, viral serology testing — or testing for coronavirus antibodies — remains virtually non-existent.

June 26, 2020

Freeze on Foreign Worker Visas Compounds Island Business Worries

Freeze on Foreign Worker Visas Compounds Island Business Worries

The decision by the Trump administration to extend a freeze on temporary work visas has dealt another blow to Island business owners.

June 24, 2020

With Requests on the Rise, Hospital Reiterates Covid Testing Policies

With Requests on the Rise, Hospital Reiterates Covid Testing Policies

Covid-19 testing criteria at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital remains limited to symptomatic and other high-risk patients.

June 23, 2020

Edgartown Restaurants Expand to Outdoor Dining

Edgartown Restaurants Expand to Outdoor Dining

Ten Edgartown restaurants will take advantage of special outdoor dining permits as the town’s fledgling European model for the downtown business district looks to become a reality.

June 22, 2020

TestMV Reports Third New Case

TestMV Reports Third New Case

Island health agents reported a new coronavirus case on Monday, bringing the Vineyard’s total Covid-19 case-count to 49 since the outbreak began in mid-March.

June 22, 2020

Indoor Dining Allowed, But Many Island Restaurant Owners Say Not Yet

Indoor Dining Allowed, But Many Island Restaurant Owners Say Not Yet

Restaurant owners approached the restart of indoor dining with extreme caution and a new menu of worries on Monday.

June 21, 2020

Food Pantry Braces for Summer Demand

Food Pantry Braces for Summer Demand

Since mid-March, the Island Food Pantry has provided Islanders in need with the groceries for nearly 100,000 meals, according to numbers released by the pantry.

June 21, 2020

No Cars for a Day, and Circuit Avenue Belonged to Pedestrians

No Cars for a Day, and Circuit Avenue Belonged to Pedestrians

Strollers, shoppers and out-for-Sunday-brunchers had Circuit avenue and the lower half of Kennebec in Oak Bluffs all to themselves Sunday afternoon, in the first of what is planned as a weekly summer-long street closure to vehicles.

June 19, 2020

Governor Baker Allows Indoor Dining to Begin Monday

Governor Baker Allows Indoor Dining to Begin Monday

Gov. Charlie Baker announced Friday that restaurants could begin offering indoor dining on Monday as coronavirus cases statewide continue to wane.

June 19, 2020

Hospital Freezes Wages; CEO Will Take a 25 Per Cent Pay Cut

Hospital Freezes Wages; CEO Will Take a 25 Per Cent Pay Cut

Faced with steep financial losses due to the pandemic, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital leaders announced wages freezes Thursday, and a pay cut for Denise Schepici.

June 18, 2020

TestMV Reports Second Positive Case Thursday

TestMV Reports Second Positive Case Thursday

Island boards of health reported another new positive Covid-19 test Thursday from TestMV, the high school coronavirus testing site, marking the second positive test in as many days.

June 17, 2020

TestMV Reports First Positive Case

TestMV Reports First Positive Case

TestMV, the comprehensive coronavirus testing site at Martha’s Vineyard High School, saw its first positive Covid-19 result on Wednesday.

June 16, 2020

One Presumed Positive Case Reported Tuesday

One Presumed Positive Case Reported Tuesday

Island health officials reported one new probable antibody positive case on Tuesday, bringing the Island’s total coronavirus caseload to 46.

June 15, 2020

Busy Weekend Swamps Restaurants, Alarms Health Officials

Busy Weekend Swamps Restaurants, Alarms Health Officials

An unexpected surge in visitors this weekend caught many Vineyard business owners and public health officials by surprise.

June 15, 2020

Comprehensive Coronavirus Testing, Questions and Answers

Comprehensive Coronavirus Testing, Questions and Answers

TestMV, a comprehensive coronavirus testing facility, is now open at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

June 13, 2020

Edgartown Voters Breeze Through Historic Annual Town Meeting

Edgartown Voters Breeze Through Historic Annual Town Meeting

Edgartown voters quickly approved a complex land deal involving the Boys and Girls Club at a historic outdoor annual town meeting.

June 13, 2020

Oak Bluffs Designs Its Own New Look for Downtown This Summer

Oak Bluffs Designs Its Own New Look for Downtown This Summer

Sunday street closures, expanded outdoor dining and a drive-in movie theatre at the Y are all part of the plan to help boost business.

June 11, 2020

Pandemic Hits Vineyard Business Community Hard, Survey Finds

Pandemic Hits Vineyard Business Community Hard, Survey Finds

A survey of nearly 200 year-round and seasonal business owners on the Island found the Covid-19 outbreak has hit the Vineyard business community hard.

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