Flurry of Activity as Vineyard Prepares for Surge in Covid-19 Cases
Noah Asimow and Julia Wells

No new cases of Covid-19 were reported on Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday, but with nine confirmed cases and counting, a flurry of preparations continued around the Island.

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Ninth Case of Covid-19 Reported on the Vineyard; Governor Extends State Stay-at-Home Advisory
Noah Asimow

Amid rising numbers of confirmed cases of Covid-19, Gov. Charlie Baker extended a statewide stay-at-home order to May 4 Tuesday, and a ninth confirmed case was reported on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Island Coronavirus Cases Hold Steady at Eight; Hospital Battens Down
Noah Asimow
No new coronavirus cases were reported as of Tuesday, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said. In a morning briefing, hospital spokesman Katrina Delgadillo said the hosital had performed 101 tests to date. There are currently eight confirmed cases on the Island.
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Free Flu Shot Clinic Is Set for Saturday
Will Sennott

With influenza season approaching, the Island boards of health will be hosting a free flu immunization clinic on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the regional high school.

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Flu Season Hits Hard; Immunization Clinic Announced
Holly Pretsky

Flu season is bad this year across the country and Island health care leaders are taking note, with an extra immunization clinic announced this week.

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Boards of Health Mull Decision to Fund Narcan Rescue Kits
Chloe Reichel

Island boards of health are considering establishing a program to cover the cost of naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdoses.

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Boards of Health Propose Regulations on Fertilizer Use
Olivia Hull
Island boards of health prepare regulations for fertilizer use to limit leaching of nitrogen and phosphorus into ponds and coastal waters. The proposal is modeled closely after one on Nantucket.
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Boards of Health Get Proactive, Two Flu Clinics This Weekend
Remy Tumin
Island boards of health are encouraging Vineyarders to take extra precaution and receive free vaccinations at clinics scheduled for this weekend.

The drive-through clinics are today from 9 a.m. to noon at the West Tisbury School and Waban Park in Oak Bluffs.

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Flu Grips Island, But Relief and Containment May Be on the Way
Ivy Ashe

A free flu shot clinic hosted last Sunday by the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, Vineyard Nursing Association and Island boards of health was called a success by town officials and health care workers.

“We will be less sick as a little population because of this effort, and I wanted to commend the collaboration,” Cynthia Mitchell, West Tisbury selectman and executive at Island Health Clinic, said at the town selectmen’s meeting this week.

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Flu Outbreak Spreads; Hospital Hosts Free Vaccine Clinic
Ivy Ashe

With a worsening early flu outbreak across the country causing a run on vaccines on the Island, the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Island boards of health announced that they will hold a free clinic Sunday for Islanders seeking flu vaccinations. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital, Edgartown health agent Matthew Poole said. The clinic will be held in the physician's office building from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital, Edgartown health agent Matthew Poole said.

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