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.

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.

May 28, 2020

Summer Lunch Program Gears Up for Island Children

Summer Lunch Program Gears Up for Island Children

Island Grown Initiative is preparing to serve up to 800 free lunches a day to Martha’s Vineyard children this summer.

May 27, 2020

Feast of the Holy Ghost Will Pause

Feast of the Holy Ghost Will Pause

The richly historic Feast of the Holy Ghost, a 100-year summer tradition in Oak Bluffs, will pause this summer, the Portuguese-American Club said.

May 27, 2020

Hospital Begins Slow Reopening for Non-Covid Patient Care

Hospital Begins Slow Reopening for Non-Covid Patient Care

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is reporting a recent uptick in non-Covid patients as it begins to reopen for the summer.

May 27, 2020

Edgartown Airs Details for Transforming Downtown Streets This Summer

Edgartown Airs Details for Transforming Downtown Streets This Summer

Edgartown’s inchoate European model for downtown avenues and restaurants came into focus on Tuesday, as town administrator James Hagerty aired various proposals that would close off streets, limit parking and allow for outdoor dining in the summer during the pandemic.

May 26, 2020

One New Case Confimed Tuesday, Ending Nine-Day Lull

One New Case Confimed Tuesday, Ending Nine-Day Lull

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported one new coronavirus case on the Island Tuesday, ending a nine-day stretch with no new cases.

May 26, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Sees Soft Opening

Memorial Day Weekend Sees Soft Opening

Sparse ferry traffic, sleepy harbors, quiet streets and an unprecedented pandemic: the Vineyard experienced its slowest Memorial Day in recent memory.

May 25, 2020

No New Cases; Island Health Officials Remain Vigilant

No New Cases; Island Health Officials Remain Vigilant

Martha’s Vineyard health officials reported no new coronavirus cases for the ninth straight day Monday

May 25, 2020

Martha’s Vineyard Celebrates Memorial Day With Flags Flying, Quiet Solemnity

Martha’s Vineyard Celebrates Memorial Day With Flags Flying, Quiet Solemnity

Light crowds and every kind of weather were the hallmarks of the holiday weekend on the Vineyard this year, with fishermen hitting the shorelines from Menemsha to Chapaquiddick, day sailors tacking about out in protected harbors and small groups strolling downtown streets. Today is Memorial Day.

May 23, 2020

Windemere Testing Turns Up No Positive Cases Among Residents, Staff

Windemere Testing Turns Up No Positive Cases Among Residents, Staff

A comprehensive coronavirus testing program for about 100 residents and staff at Windemere has returned nearly perfect results.

May 23, 2020

MVYouth Grants $150,000 to Child Care Providers

MVYouth Grants $150,000 to Child Care Providers

An emergency fund established by MVYouth to support early childcare providers on the Vineyard has awarded $150,000, the organization announced.

May 22, 2020

SSA Closes Oak Bluffs Terminal After Seastreak Employee Reports Covid Contact

SSA Closes Oak Bluffs Terminal After Seastreak Employee Reports Covid Contact

The Oak Bluffs terminal building was abruptly closed Friday afternoon after the report from a shoreside employee for the ferry Seastreak.

May 22, 2020

Coronavirus Testing Project Ramps Up on the Vineyard

Coronavirus Testing Project Ramps Up on the Vineyard

Quest Diagnostics, Island Health Care, the six Vineyard boards of health and a bevy of volunteers are working tirelessly to put the Vineyard testing project in motion.

May 22, 2020

Strict Rules Prevail in Menemsha for Holiday Weekend

Strict Rules Prevail in Menemsha for Holiday Weekend

Bracing for a possibly bustling Memorial Day weekend, Chilmark selectmen have taken steps to deter crowds from gathering in Menemsha.

May 21, 2020

Pandemic Strands Foreign Workers, Amid Mounting Summer Worries

Pandemic Strands Foreign Workers, Amid Mounting Summer Worries

Travel delays and bureaucratic obstacles caused by the coronavirus are disrupting the influx of seasonal workers who typically begin arriving on the Island around now.

May 21, 2020

Downtown Business Leader Looks to Build Community Voice

Downtown Business Leader Looks to Build Community Voice

Second-generation entrepreneur Julia Tarka has worked her way from summer jobs in Edgartown shops and restaurants to running three family establishments of her own.

May 21, 2020

Two Health Agents, One Pandemic, Lots of Sleepless Nights

Two Health Agents, One Pandemic, Lots of Sleepless Nights

Tisbury health agent Maura Valley, Edgartown health agent Matt Poole and their colleagues in Oak Bluffs, Chilmark and West Tisbury are working around the clock.

May 21, 2020

Air Traffic Drops Dramatically; JetBlue Delays Summer Service

Air Traffic Drops Dramatically; JetBlue Delays Summer Service

Some of the Martha’s Vineyard Airport’s largest commercial carriers are now delaying or curtailing their summer service to the Island.

May 20, 2020

Nantucket SSA Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Nantucket SSA Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

An employee who works at the Nantucket Steamship Authority terminal has tested positive for Covid-19, according to a press release that went out late Tuesday night.

May 20, 2020

Hospital Leaders Announce Gradual Reopening of Medical Facility

Hospital Leaders Announce Gradual Reopening of Medical Facility

With Covid-19 cases on the Island holding firm, leaders at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital announced their own first steps for reopening the facility at a press briefing Wednesday.

May 19, 2020

Towns Slash Budgets, Give Up Pay Raises, as Belt Tightening Begins

Towns Slash Budgets, Give Up Pay Raises, as Belt Tightening Begins

Faced with the prospect of declining revenues and tax shortfalls, Island towns are putting long-term capital projects on hold and giving up salary increases nearly across the board.

May 19, 2020

Business Community Calls for All-Island Action

Business Community Calls for All-Island Action

As a truncated summer season looms, more than a dozen Vineyard business owners have issued an open letter calling for a public summit meeting with the all-Island selectmen and boards of health.

May 19, 2020

High School Committee Eyes $1 Million in Budget Cuts

High School Committee Eyes $1 Million in Budget Cuts

The regional high school district committee voted Monday to cut at least $1 million from the 2021 budget, although where the cuts will come from is yet to be determined.

May 18, 2020

Governor Outlines Slow-Motion Approach for State Reopening

Governor Outlines Slow-Motion Approach for State Reopening

Island restaurant and hotel owners reacted with frustration Monday after Gov. Charlie Baker announced his ultra-slow reopening plan for the commonwealth.

May 17, 2020

No New Cases Sunday; Governor Baker Expected to Roll Out State Reopening Plan Monday

No New Cases Sunday; Governor Baker Expected to Roll Out State Reopening Plan Monday

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Island boards of health reported no new coronavirus cases Sunday. On Monday Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to announce the much-anticipated details of a four-phase reopening plan for the commonwealth.

May 16, 2020

One New Case Saturday; Hospital Recognizes Employees

One New Case Saturday; Hospital Recognizes Employees

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Island boards of health reported one new confirmed coronavirus case on the Vineyard Saturday.

May 16, 2020

Great Oyster Giveaway Attracts Throngs

Great Oyster Giveaway Attracts Throngs

Hundreds turned out Saturday morning for the free oyster giveaway at the Agricultural Society fairgrounds.

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