More Contagious Virus Variant Detected on Martha's Vineyard

A more virulent strain of the Covid-19 virus has been identified on Martha’s Vineyard, hospital officials confirmed Friday, after positive test samples were sent to a state lab for variant testing due to a recent case surge on the Island.

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State Will Test for Virus Variants as Island Surge Continues
Hospital officials announced that they had requested the state to test for virus variants. Meanwhile, first-dose vaccine appointments increased this week, but questions remain.
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Covid Cases Surge, Reaching New Weekly High

Island health agents reported the highest weekly Covid-19 case total since the pandemic began on Monday, with 101 Island residents testing positive for the virus since last Sunday as a recent surge continues.

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Case Numbers Continue to Spike Throughout Week

Health agents reported a flurry of new positive Covid-19 tests over the week and weekend as a case cluster traced to a Vineyard Haven barber shop grew to include customers.

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After Weeks of Decline, Cases See a Spike on Island
Martha’s Vineyard health agents have reported 25 new cases of Covid-19 since last Sunday, marking a spike in case numbers after a long period of declining counts following the New Year holiday.
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Supply Issues Slow Hospital Vaccine Rollout
State and federal supply issues continue to stymie the Covid-19 vaccine rollout on Island, as recent expansions in eligibility have not been met with a matching increase in doses.
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Hospital Opens Vaccine Signups for Newly Eligible Islanders
A new swath of Island residents — including people aged 60 and older, grocery store and restaurant staff, and transportation workers — are eligible to sign up for the vaccine.
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Governor Airs Vaccination Schedule for All
All Massachusetts residents aged 16 and older will be eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccinations starting April 19, according to a new state timeline released Wednesday morning.
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Vaccine Clinic for Teachers Fills Up Quickly
A clinic to vaccinate Martha’s Vineyard public school teachers will begin Thursday, hospital and high school leaders announced this week. The clinic has already filled 250 vaccination slots.
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New Round of Vaccine Appointments Begins
The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital signed up 544 more Islanders for vaccine appointments Monday, after registration eligibility was expanded to include teachers.
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