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 16, 2020

Case Count

Case Count

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 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.

June 10, 2020

Hospital Aims to Recoup Steep Financial Losses

Hospital Aims to Recoup Steep Financial Losses

As key coronavirus public health metrics continue to decline, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has entered the second phase of its reopening plan.

June 9, 2020

New Coronavirus Testing Center Broadens Its Reach

New Coronavirus Testing Center Broadens Its Reach

No new cases of coronavirus were reported Tuesday, marking the ninth day in a row without a confirmed positive on the Island even as testing capacity continues to expand.

June 9, 2020

Vineyard Summer Camps See Widespread Cancellations

Vineyard Summer Camps See Widespread Cancellations

The Boys & Girls Club and YMCA both plan to open summer camps next month, with strict safety protocols. But most other Island camps will cancel this year.

June 9, 2020

Edgartown Adopts Policy for Outdoor Dining Downtown

Edgartown Adopts Policy for Outdoor Dining Downtown

Edgartown restaurants can now officially apply to expand their outdoor dining capacity, after selectmen approved a policy Monday to allow seating areas on downtown sidewalks.

June 9, 2020

Restaurants, Retail Open for Business, Cautiously

Restaurants, Retail Open for Business, Cautiously

Closed to the public for months, the Vineyard restaurants, retailers and hotels excitedly — but cautiously — re-opened their doors to customers on Monday.

June 8, 2020

Historic Jobless Rates Hit Islanders Hardest

Historic Jobless Rates Hit Islanders Hardest

Numbers from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics show double-digit unemployment across the state in April, and Dukes County is one of the hardest hit.

June 8, 2020

Summer Passenger Ferries Feel the Pinch from Pandemic

Summer Passenger Ferries Feel the Pinch from Pandemic

Passenger ferries to Martha’s Vineyard have either delayed or curtailed summer service, with traffic low due to the pandemic.

June 6, 2020

Governor Baker Announces Phase Two Reopening

Governor Baker Announces Phase Two Reopening

Thousands of businesses and recreational facilities will be allowed to resume services beginning Monday.

June 5, 2020

Edgartown Hones Its Vision for a New Downtown This Summer

Edgartown Hones Its Vision for a New Downtown This Summer

More than 50 Edgartown business owners and townspeople attended a hearing on the town’s budding outdoor summer dining plan.

June 5, 2020

As Testing Ramps Up, New Cases Reported

As Testing Ramps Up, New Cases Reported

In the Island’s biggest day of coronavirus testing since the pandemic began, the boards of health reported three new antibody cases and three new symptomatically positive patients on the Vineyard Thursday.

June 4, 2020

Hospital Gets Back to Business for Summer

Hospital Gets Back to Business for Summer

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s main entrance has officially reopened to patients, marking a major milestone as the hospital, and Island, look toward summer.

June 1, 2020

Coronavirus Testing Facility for the Island Opens With Fanfare

Coronavirus Testing Facility for the Island Opens With Fanfare

The comprehensive coronavirus testing facility at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School was opened to the public on Monday, less than three weeks after it was announced.

May 31, 2020

One New Case Reported on the Vineyard Sunday

One New Case Reported on the Vineyard Sunday

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new coronavirus case on Sunday morning, the third in the past week after a previous nine-day break in cases.

May 30, 2020

Early Results Announced, as Comprehensive Testing Begins

Early Results Announced, as Comprehensive Testing Begins

All 10 participants in the first round of coronavirus testing at the high school have tested negative for the virus.

May 29, 2020

Dogs Are Banned From Lambert’s Cove Beach

Dogs Are Banned From Lambert’s Cove Beach

Dogs will not be allowed on Lambert’s Cove Beach for the remainder of the pandemic, the West Tisbury board of health announced Friday.

May 29, 2020

Governor Sketches Guidelines for Restaurant, Lodging Reopenings

Governor Sketches Guidelines for Restaurant, Lodging Reopenings

Gov. Charlie Baker announced preliminary guidelines on Friday for shuttered restaurant and lodging services, beginning June 8.

May 28, 2020

One New Coronavirus Case Reported Thursday

One New Coronavirus Case Reported Thursday

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new case of Covid-19 on Thursday — the second case in three days on the Island after a weeklong case-free lull.

May 28, 2020

New Coronavirus Testing Site Begins Rollout

New Coronavirus Testing Site Begins Rollout

The first round of comprehensive coronavirus testing on the Vineyard commenced with a slow rollout on Thursday.

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