4:35pm, May 29, 2020

Governor Sketches Preliminary Guidelines for Restaurant, Lodging Reopenings

Governor Sketches Preliminary Guidelines for Restaurant, Lodging Reopenings

With Covid-19 cases holding steady on the Island and trending downward throughout the state, Gov. Charlie Baker announced preliminary guidelines on Friday for shuttered restaurant and lodging services that could allow the beleaguered Island industries to expand service as soon as June 8.

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 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.

March 22, 2020, 6:30pm

Governor Baker Urges Second Home Owners to Stay Away from Islands

Governor Baker Urges Second Home Owners to Stay Away from Islands

The Steamship Authority on Sunday released statistics showing a modest increase in out-of-state vehicles coming to the Vineyard in the first half of March, as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker urged residents with second homes on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard to stay home.

March 22, 2020, 4:15pm

Reduced Ferry Schedule Goes Into Effect

Reduced Ferry Schedule Goes Into Effect

Six regularly scheduled ferry runs have been cut effective Sunday, as traffic to the Island begins to decline. Other transit agencies are taking steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

March 20, 2020, 3:00pm

First Covid-19 case confirmed on Martha's Vineyard

First Covid-19 case confirmed on Martha's Vineyard

The Tisbury board of health confirms the first Covid-19 case in a press release.

March 20, 2020, 1:58pm

MVTV Covid-19 Broadcasts

MVTV Covid-19 Broadcasts

MVTV has started broacasting local Covid-19 informational updates that include interviews with local officials.

March 20, 2020, 7:37am

Voices from Gazette Town Columnists

Voices from Gazette Town Columnists

A virtual visit to Kenya, birthdays and anniversaries. Excerpts from the Gazette town columns this week.

March 19, 2020, 4:56pm

Parents and Kids Get Creative at Home

Parents and Kids Get Creative at Home

This week, schools around the country shut their doors leaving parents and children scrambling for routines and learning how to home school on the fly.

March 19, 2020, 3:03pm

Community Groups Organize to Help the Vulnerable

Community Groups Organize to Help the Vulnerable

With an Islandwide shutdown beginning to weigh on the Vineyard’s most vulnerable residents, volunteers are needed during the coronavirus emergency.

March 19, 2020, 1:58pm

Government Offices Close in Every Island Town

Government Offices Close in Every Island Town

Government institutions on the Vineyard took unprecedented steps this week to close town halls, cancel in-person meetings, and activate emergency operation plans.

March 19, 2020, 12:33pm

Emergency Relief Fund Announced

Emergency Relief Fund Announced

The Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard has launched an emergency response fund for Island nonprofits.

March 19, 2020, 10:35am

Care for Community

Care for Community

A new program called Care for Community will work as a matchmaker between food organizations and volunteers. All Island nonprofits are eligible to participate.

March 18, 2020, 7:46pm

Martha’s Vineyard Shutters, State Numbers Rise, Hospital Mobilizes for Expected Cases of Coronavirus

Martha’s Vineyard Shutters, State Numbers Rise, Hospital Mobilizes for Expected Cases of Coronavirus

Leaders at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said Wednesday morning they expect to see the first positive case of Covid-19 on the Island within a matter of days.

March 17, 2020, 5:59pm

Athletes Urged to Isolate

Athletes Urged to Isolate

Island athletic coaches have sent out emails urging their players to practice social isolation and not get together for informal training sessions.

March 16, 2020, 4:09pm

Staying Hopeful With a Heavy Heart

Staying Hopeful With a Heavy Heart

My mantra has been no talking about Covid-19 with our clients. So the staff meetings were brimming with only that.

March 14, 2020, 2:22pm

Covid-19 Case Confirmed in Cape Cod Patient

Covid-19 Case Confirmed in Cape Cod Patient

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed Barnstable County’s first case of Covid-19.

March 13, 2020, 3:39pm

Island Schools Close for Two Weeks

Island Schools Close for Two Weeks

Due to the threat of the coronavirus, all Vineyard schools will close for two weeks, beginning Monday.

March 12, 2020, 6:32pm

Agencies Rally as Vineyard Prepares for Pandemic

Agencies Rally as Vineyard Prepares for Pandemic

The pace of cancellations has quickened and Island agencies and businesses are announcing new rules aimed at controlling the spread of Covid-19.

March 12, 2020, 6:10pm

Do Unto Others

Do Unto Others

It is only a matter of time before COVID-19 reaches Martha’s Vineyard, and preparedness plans are emerging.

March 10, 2020, 11:47am

School Superintendent Outlines Strategies for Coronavirus

School Superintendent Outlines Strategies for Coronavirus

The coronavirus is making its presence felt in Martha’s Vineyard schools, with four staff members under self-quarantine after recent international travel and a number of children out of class.

March 5, 2020, 6:00pm

Amid Coronavirus Concerns, High School Cancels Student Trips

Amid Coronavirus Concerns, High School Cancels Student Trips

Amid growing concern about the global coronavirus outbreak, the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School has taken numerous measures including canceling school trips.

February 24, 2020, 4:06pm

Coronavirus Alert Changes

Coronavirus Alert Changes

A passenger on the Westerdam cruise ship who initially tested positive for the new coronavirus may not actually have the deadly disease, according to new reports Monday.

February 20, 2020, 9:50am

Edgartown Couple Arrives Home After Coronavirus Ordeal

Edgartown Couple Arrives Home After Coronavirus Ordeal

Edgartown residents Tom and Dianne Durawa, who were marooned at sea for weeks aboard the MS Westerdam cruise ship, are under public health supervision.

February 14, 2020, 4:20pm

Amid Coronavirus Scare, Edgartown Residents Look for Port of Call

Amid Coronavirus Scare, Edgartown Residents Look for Port of Call

Tom and Dianne Durawa are two of the 1,455 passengers and 802 crew that have been stranded in the Gulf of Thailand aboard the MS Westerdam for the past two weeks.

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