Coronavirus Testing Project Ramps Up on the Vineyard
Noah Asimow
Quest Diagnostics, Island Health Care, the six Vineyard boards of health and a bevy of volunteers are working tirelessly to put the Vineyard testing project in motion.
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One New Coronavirus Case Reported Thursday
Noah Asimow
The Martha’s Vineyard boards of health reported one new coronavirus case in their daily demographic update Thursday, bringing the Islandwide total to 24 positive cases since the outbreak began.
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Contact Tracing Is Key Part of Public Health Effort
Noah Asimow
Six Island health agents and public health nurses with Island Health Care are hard at work identifying and monitoring every confirmed case of Covid-19 on the Vineyard.
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Hospital Confirms 12th Case of Coronavirus; Island Health Care Receives Federal Grant
Noah Asimow

The latest confirmed case of Covid-19 is a man in his thirties, public health officials said Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases on the Island to 12. In related news, Cong. Bill Keating announced a $513,830 federal grant to Island Health Care.

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Chilmark Hears Pitch for Community Health Collaborative
Landry Harlan

A proposal to establish a new collaborative Island health group began circulating in Island towns this week. Cynthia Mitchell met with the Chilmark selectmen to explain the concept.

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Starting the Healthy Living Conversation
Holly Pretsky
As the Island’s new community health nurse, West Tisbury native Lila Fischer said she is seeing the Vineyard in a whole new light.
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Island Health Care Adds Space With Mobile RV Unit
Holly Pretsky
Island Health Care in Edgartown has added more space in the form of a refurbished 34-foot RV, a gift from Duffy Health Center in Hyannis. It will stay parked alongside the clinic near the Triangle.
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Island Health Care Receives Grant

Island Health Care has received a grant to implement a new state-of-the-art telephone service.

The Island health organization will share a $825,000 grant from the Partnership for Community Health with five other community health centers, according to a press release.

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Island Health Care Awarded Federal Grant to Expand Service
Sara Brown
With a grant from Affordable Care Act funding, the Vineyard’s rural health care clinic — the first and only in the state — will become a federally qualified health care center.
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Health Care Checkup: Access to Primary Care Improving
Sara Brown and John H. Kennedy

Islanders seem to voice the complaint nearly as often as they grumble about summer traffic backups at the blinker light and spiking prices at the gas pump:

You can’t find a primary care doctor on the Island.

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