The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital has admitted a patient with Covid-19, officials announced Wednesday morning — the first patient to be admitted to the hospital with the virus on the Island, even though at least two others were transferred to Boston in the spring.

Hospital officials also announced plans for an Islandwide flu clinic at a bi-weekly press briefing Wednesday morning, saying that it would likely begin at the end of the month, although the location and quantity of vaccine available was still being determined.

Meanwhile, officials noted that coronavirus case numbers were rising throughout the state, just as Nantucket remains a high risk community and recorded a third death from the virus on Monday. No patients have died from the virus on Martha’s Vineyard. A public health emergency has been declared on Nantucket by the town board of health.

At the briefing Wednesday, hospital head of nursing and chief operations officer Claire Seguin said an individual who had tested positive for the virus had been admitted to the hospital for treatment, making the first Covid inpatient at the hospital since the panemic began.

“This is the first patient that we’ve had admitted here who is Covid-positive,” Ms. Seguin said.

The individual tested positive at MVH, Ms. Seguin confirmed.

“The patient is in fair condition,” Ms. Seguin said. “That’s about what I can say for now.”

Hospital officials said the patient was a new patient who tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of Covid-19 positive patients to 79, of which 48 have tested positive at the hospital.

The Island’s total coronavirus caseload now stands at 103, including symptomatically diagnosed and antibody positive patients.

The hospital previously has held patients in the emergency room in anticipation of transfer off-Island who retained out-patient status, Ms. Seguin said Wednesday morning. Two patients were previously transferred to Boston via helicopter and a third —  a maternity patient — via ground transport.

All the transfers occurred in either March or April, meaning that the hospital has gone at least five months since handling a confirmed Covid-positive patient. Ms. Seguin and hospital CEO Denise Schepici said there are adequate safety protocols to handle Covid-positive patients at the hospital, where staff have become well-practiced with personal protective equipment since the pandemic began.

Staff and inpatients all receive tests for the virus, and anyone providing treatment at the hospital has to wear full personal protective equipment.

“Any person going into a patient room, whether a patient has tested positive or not, if they are doing a treatment they have to wear goggles and the full protective gear, masks and eye protection as well,” Ms. Schepici said. “We really have not taken our foot off the gas on that.”

Ms. Schepici also noted that cases have been climbing throughout the state, reiterating her message of wearing masks in public and staying vigilant despite the Island’s relatively low number of coronavirus positive patients.

“We’ve seen a steady uptick in Massachusetts, and that is certainly a concern,” Ms. Schepici said. “Even though our numbers are low, we can’t let our guard down.”

Hospital officials also announced that they would be expanding the hours of their flu clinic for patients who have primary care physicians at the hospital in response to high demand for the vaccine. The hospital has added seven hours per week to its drive-through flu shot services, which are now available Monday from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:30 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

Adults can call 508-684-4500 to schedule a shot. The pediatrics number is 508-693-3732.

Ms. Schepici and Ms. Seguin said the hospital has received a large number of requests for flu shots and that coronavirus has driven up demand. Ms. Seguin also said the push to get vaccinated has occurred earlier this year, creating difficulties for drug companies to distribute vaccine.

But the pair said a plan was in the works for a larger flu clinic with the Island boards of health.

“The hospital is collaborating with boards of health to offer an Islandwide flu clinic,” Ms. Schepici said. “The date is still not nailed down due to the availability of the vaccine. However we are hoping for an end of October, early November, and will be getting together next week to solidify that plan.”

Ms. Schepici also noted that October is breast cancer awareness month, and she emphasized the importance of getting a mammogram. She also said homeless advocates are still looking for housing for small numbers of critically homeless individuals this winter.

And despite the rise in cases throughout the state and the recent hospitalization, Ms. Schepici said the Island had done well combatting the virus.

“Every case is sad to see,” Ms. Schepici said. “But all things considered, we’ve been really, really, fortunate because of the safe practices, and we just hope people will not let their guard down.”