March 25, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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