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12:21pm, April 8, 2020

Vineyard Hospital Reports One New Case of Covid-19

Vineyard Hospital Reports One New Case of Covid-19

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new confirmed case of Covid-19 Wednesday morning, bringing the total number of confirmed cases on the Vineyard to 12. The hospital has done 168 tests to date, with 12 positives, 146 negatives and 10 pending.

updated 4 hours ago

12:13pm, April 8, 2020

Trustees Properties Reopen

Trustees Properties Reopen

All but one of the Trustees of Reservations properties on Martha’s Vineyard will reopen Thursday. The Farm Institute remains closed to visitors.
updated 8 hours ago

7:39am, April 8, 2020

Tisbury Postpones Due Dates for Property Tax Bills to June 1

Tisbury Postpones Due Dates for Property Tax Bills to June 1

Tisbury property owners will have an extra month to pay their real estate and personal property taxes, following a vote by town selectmen Tuesday that moves the due date from May 1 to June 1.

updated 8 hours ago

7:26am, April 8, 2020

Selectmen Adopt Strict Parking Limits at Menemsha

Selectmen Adopt Strict Parking Limits at Menemsha

Signs will go up, picnic tables will be removed and a 15-minute parking rule will go into effect in Menemsha this week after Chilmark selectmen heard concerns Tuesday about people congregating at scenic spots.

updated 9 hours ago

7:01am, April 8, 2020

Community Heroes Keep the Island Running

Community Heroes Keep the Island Running

There are many unsung heroes around the Island, still working and out in the community, virtually and otherwise. Here are a few of them.
updated 22 hours ago

6:14pm, April 7, 2020

No New Cases for Third Straight Day, Hospital Confirms One Staffer Has Tested Positive for Covid-19

No New Cases for Third Straight Day, Hospital Confirms One Staffer Has Tested Positive for Covid-19

No new coronavirus cases were reported on the Vineyard Tuesday, while statewide confirmed cases continued to soar, along with the death toll from the disease.
updated 22 hours ago

5:31pm, April 7, 2020

Beach Road Weekend Canceled

Beach Road Weekend Canceled

The multi-day music festival, scheduled for late July, was canceled by the Tisbury selectmen Tuesday afternoon.

April 7, 2020, 2:44pm

SSA Begins Further Service Reductions Thursday

SSA Begins Further Service Reductions Thursday

The Steamship Authority has announced further service reductions on the Vineyard route, beginning Thursday this week.

April 7, 2020, 7:53am

Island Churches Lift Up the Message of Palm Sunday

Island Churches Lift Up the Message of Palm Sunday

Worshipers across Martha’s Vineyard prayed and lighted candles during Palm Sunday services that were held online or pre-recorded by Island ministers.

April 6, 2020, 8:00pm

Yard Cancels Performances

Yard Cancels Performances

The Yard has cancelled all programming at its Chilmark campus through June, according to an announcement from the performing arts nonprofit.

April 6, 2020, 6:42pm

Emergency Fund Gets $100,000 Boost

Emergency Fund Gets $100,000 Boost

The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard has announced a $100,000 gift to its Emergency Response Fund.

April 6, 2020, 4:33pm

Boards of Health, Hospital Reconcile Numbers on Coronavirus Cases; Nantucket Reports First Death

Boards of Health, Hospital Reconcile Numbers on Coronavirus Cases; Nantucket Reports First Death

Confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Island held steady Monday, after case reporting discrepancies among the hospital, boards of health and state led to a one-case overcount.

April 6, 2020, 6:27am

Island Police, EMS Take Extra Precautions

Island Police, EMS Take Extra Precautions

Staggered shifts and scaling back on arrests are among the new protocols that have been adopted by Island police and emergency responders during the pandemic.

April 5, 2020, 4:49pm

Island Coronavirus Cases Stay Steady; New Field Hospital Planned on Cape Cod

Island Coronavirus Cases Stay Steady; New Field Hospital Planned on Cape Cod

No new coronavirus cases were reported on Martha’s Vineyard Sunday, while statewide cases continued to rise and a new field hospital on Cape Cod was announced by Gov. Charlie Baker.

April 4, 2020, 5:51pm

Disc Golf Closes

Disc Golf Closes

The Riverhead Disc Golf Course off Barnes Road is closed until further notice by order of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

April 4, 2020, 5:40pm

Hospital Reports Two More Cases of Covid-19, Bringing Island Total to Twelve

Hospital Reports Two More Cases of Covid-19, Bringing Island Total to Twelve

Two more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed Saturday, bringing the total of confirmed cases on the Island to 12. No one with the virus is hospitalized at the Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

April 4, 2020, 12:22pm

Help for Homebound Up-Island

Help for Homebound Up-Island

The Chilmark Neighbors to Neighbors hot line is available for residents who need help with errands while they are in isolation due to Covid-19.

April 4, 2020, 12:11pm

Islanders, Make History

Islanders, Make History

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum invites Islanders to share their stories of history in the making so that future generations will know what it was like to be here during the coronavirus pandemic.

April 4, 2020, 11:48am

Utilities, Banks Offer Hardship Relief

Utilities, Banks Offer Hardship Relief

Islanders out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic are facing tough choices as the monthly bills come in. Local banks and utilities are responding.

April 3, 2020, 5:15pm

Martha’s Vineyard Bank Contributes $625,000 to Pandemic Relief Effort

Martha’s Vineyard Bank Contributes $625,000 to Pandemic Relief Effort

The Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank has announced a $625,000 charitable initiative for coronavirus relief through the month of April.

April 2, 2020, 3:14pm

Cronig's Closes Sundays

Cronig's Closes Sundays

Cronig’s Market will be closed on Sundays until further notice, owner Steve Bernier said today. The store is not staffed for delivery or curbside pickup.

April 1, 2020, 5:18pm

Flurry of Activity as Vineyard Prepares for Surge in Covid-19 Cases

Flurry of Activity as Vineyard Prepares for Surge in Covid-19 Cases

No new cases of Covid-19 were reported on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday, but with nine confirmed cases and counting, a flurry of preparations continued around the Island.

April 1, 2020, 5:02pm

National Guard Delivers Emergency Supplies to the Vineyard

National Guard Delivers Emergency Supplies to the Vineyard

A convoy of National Guard trucks arrived on the Island Wednesday morning to deliver a staff isolation tent to the Edgartown house of correction, and other supplies Islandwide.

April 1, 2020, 4:10pm

Emergency Grants Begin

Emergency Grants Begin

Seven Island nonprofits will share nearly $54,000 in emergency grants announced today by the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard.

April 1, 2020, 1:50pm

Island Seamstresses Put Skills to Work Making Face Masks

Island Seamstresses Put Skills to Work Making Face Masks

With protective masks in short supply on Martha’s Vineyard, a new Island network has formed with the mission of providing masks for everyone who needs them.

April 1, 2020, 1:31pm

SSA Extends Reduced Ferry Schedule, as Traffic Plummets

SSA Extends Reduced Ferry Schedule, as Traffic Plummets

With ridership cratering on the Vineyard route and financial losses looming, SSA general manager Robert Davis said the reduced ferry schedule will remain in effect through May 5.

March 31, 2020, 5:40pm

Ninth Case of Covid-19 Reported on the Vineyard; Governor Extends State Stay-at-Home Advisory

Ninth Case of Covid-19 Reported on the Vineyard; Governor Extends State Stay-at-Home Advisory

Amid rising numbers of confirmed cases of Covid-19, Gov. Charlie Baker extended a statewide stay-at-home order to May 4 Tuesday, and a ninth confirmed case was reported on Martha’s Vineyard.

March 31, 2020, 10:43am

Island Coronavirus Cases Hold Steady at Eight; Hospital Battens Down

Island Coronavirus Cases Hold Steady at Eight; Hospital Battens Down

No new coronavirus cases were reported as of Tuesday, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said. In a morning briefing, hospital spokesman Katrina Delgadillo said the hosital had performed 101 tests to date. There are currently eight confirmed cases on the Island.

March 31, 2020, 9:52am

Bank Donates to Nonprofits

Bank Donates to Nonprofits

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is receiving a $25,000 donation from Cape Cod 5, according to a bank announcement.

March 30, 2020, 6:37pm

Phone Meeting to Discuss Construction Ban Draws Crowd of Contractors

Phone Meeting to Discuss Construction Ban Draws Crowd of Contractors

More than 100 Island contractors and tradesmen who have been affected by the construction moratorium joined a conference call Monday.

March 30, 2020, 4:02pm

After Standoff With Governor Baker, Construction Ban Stands

After Standoff With Governor Baker, Construction Ban Stands

Construction bans enacted on the Vineyard and Nantucket will remain in place, following a conference call Sunday with officials from both Islands and spokesmen for Governor Baker.

March 30, 2020, 3:30pm

SSA to Sanitize Terminal Building

SSA to Sanitize Terminal Building

An employee at the Steamship Authority’s Woods Hole terminal was reportedly exposed to a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.

March 30, 2020, 1:03pm

Stay-at-Home Order on Martha’s Vineyard: Questions and Answers

Stay-at-Home Order on Martha’s Vineyard: Questions and Answers

A sweeping stay-at-home order is now in effect. What follows is a list of answers to questions that Islanders may have.

March 30, 2020, 11:40am

Vineyard Reports Five More Coronavirus Cases; Construction Bans Stand

Vineyard Reports Five More Coronavirus Cases; Construction Bans Stand

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said Monday there are now eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Island, five more than as of Saturday. And public officials said construction bans on both Islands will remain in place, following a Sunday conference call with spokesmen for Governor Baker.

March 29, 2020, 8:06pm

With Third Coronavirus Case Confirmed, Vineyarders Brace for More

With Third Coronavirus Case Confirmed, Vineyarders Brace for More

As coronavirus numbers continue to skyrocket statewide, Vineyarders are bracing for the pandemic spread on Island. The Vineyard confirmed a third positive Covid-19 test in Dukes County Saturday.

March 28, 2020, 5:36pm

Facebook Group Supports MVH Workers

Facebook Group Supports MVH Workers

A new group called Thank You Workers at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is gaining hundreds of members on the Facebook social network.

March 28, 2020, 9:55am

Cures for the Social Isolation Blues

Cures for the Social Isolation Blues

According to mental health professionals, a useful coping mechanism in these difficult times is to look for the positives and to write them down.

March 27, 2020, 4:59pm

Troopers Staff Up

Troopers Staff Up

The Massachusetts State Police is deploying additional troopers to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket during the coronavirus emergency.

March 27, 2020, 12:46pm

Pandemic Leaves Vineyard Fishermen High and Dry

Pandemic Leaves Vineyard Fishermen High and Dry

The Menemsha waterfront traditionally begins to stir at this time of year. Fishermen mend their gear, sturdy work boats are back in the slips, ready for the early-season haul. With the pandemic, all that has changed.

March 27, 2020, 12:15pm

Gov. Baker issues new out-of-state travel advisory

Gov. Baker issues new out-of-state travel advisory

Governor Charlie Baker announces that the state would be instructing all travelers to the commonwealth, regardless of their health and symptoms, to self-quarantine for 14 days.

March 26, 2020, 6:16pm

Hospital Staff Receive Top-Flight Training from Pandemic Expert

Hospital Staff Receive Top-Flight Training from Pandemic Expert

As the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital prepares for a potential influx of coronavirus cases, staff have been training tirelessly with infectious disease expert Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner .

March 26, 2020, 11:48am

Island Chef Brings New Meaning to Comfort Food

Island Chef Brings New Meaning to Comfort Food

Wednesday was a historically grim day on Martha’s Vineyard. Just after noon, an ominous stay-at-home order chimed on cell phones all over the Island. Still, there were flickers of hope. The Art Cliff diner was one of them.

March 26, 2020, 9:49am

Steamship Authority Traffic Goes Into Freefall

Steamship Authority Traffic Goes Into Freefall

Automobile and passenger traffic on Steamship Authority ferries plunged into steep decline this month, just as the coronavirus pandemic began its spread into Massachusetts.

March 26, 2020, 9:22am

Social Service Agencies Step Up Response to Islanders in Need

Social Service Agencies Step Up Response to Islanders in Need

Social distancing is becoming routine on Martha’s Vineyard as social service agencies adjust to the coronavirus pandemic Food service agencies are readjusting.

March 25, 2020, 11:45pm

Governor Challenges Island Construction Ban; Towns Object

Governor Challenges Island Construction Ban; Towns Object

After rebuke from Gov. Charlie Baker, all six Island towns and Nantucket respond with letter protesting a statement from the governor's office that they had exceeded their authority by enacting strict stay-at-home orders containing bans on construction.

March 25, 2020, 5:11pm

With First Patient Admitted, Hospital Urges Islanders to Stay at Home

With First Patient Admitted, Hospital Urges Islanders to Stay at Home

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital confirmed Wednesday that it had admitted its first patient for treatment from Covid-19, as cases of the coronavirus statewide rocketed upward.

March 25, 2020, 1:15pm

Hospital Admits First Patient With Covid-19; Towns Direct Islanders to Stay Home in Sweeping, Restrictive Order

Hospital Admits First Patient With Covid-19; Towns Direct Islanders to Stay Home in Sweeping, Restrictive Order

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital confirmed Wednesday that it had admitted its first patient for treatment from Covid-19, one day after Chilmark, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, Tisbury and West Tisbury adopted a sweeping stay-at-home emergency order.

March 24, 2020, 10:45am

Second Covid-19 case confirmed on Martha's Vineyard

Second Covid-19 case confirmed on Martha's Vineyard

The West Tisbury board of health announces that a 50-year-old male is the second confirmed case of Covid-19 on the Island.

March 23, 2020, 5:47pm

Hunkering Down, Reaching Out, Helping Islanders

Hunkering Down, Reaching Out, Helping Islanders

As the coronavirus pandemic intensifies, Island agencies and nonprofits are finding new ways to reach the people they serve — without coming anywhere near them.

March 23, 2020, 5:00pm

Martha's Vineyard selectmen prepare stay-at-home order

Martha's Vineyard selectmen prepare stay-at-home order

Elected leaders on the Island act swiftly to adopt a stay-at-home order as the coronavirus spreads.

March 23, 2020, 11:00am

Gov. Charlie Baker issues emergency stay-at-home advisory

Gov. Charlie Baker issues emergency stay-at-home advisory

Governor Charlie Baker advises residents to stay at home and urges non-essential businesses to close for two weeks.

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