Covid Case Spike Shows No Sign of Letup on Island

Vineyard Covid-19 case counts have neared their highest levels since the pandemic began, with new clusters identified at businesses across the Island as the Delta variant continues its spread. Boards of health reported 97 new cases from August 15-21.

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Henri Brings Wind, Rain, Heavy Surf, But No Damage on Island
Martha’s Vineyard bid bon voyage to tropical storm Henri Sunday afternoon, which brought mist, occasional downpours, wind and choppy surf but inflicted minimal damage across the Island as it swirled north, west and inland by evening. The Steamship Authority returned to full operations by 5 p.m.
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Census Shows Vineyard Population Has Grown, Diversified
The long-awaited 2020 U.S. census data released last Thursday showed a significant population increase in all six towns over the past decade.
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Its Emergency Room Jammed, Hospital Feels Impact of Case Spike
The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is seeing its largest numbers of Covid and non-Covid related patients since the pandemic began, testing emergency room capacity as cases spike on-Island during the peak of summer.
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Down-Island Towns Adopt Indoor Mask Mandate
The Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Tisbury boards of health voted unanimously to institute a mask mandate for indoor public spaces during a rare emergency, joint meeting Tuesday morning, changing course again as cases climb.
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As Case Spike Persists, Towns Discuss Return to Indoor Mask Mandates
All three down-Island towns are scheduled to hold a joint emergency board of health meeting Tuesday to discuss an indoor mask mandate, as Covid cases continue to double by the week in August.
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Chilmark Beach Staff, EMS and Bystanders Commended for Save
Chilmark lifeguards and town first responders lived up to their name on August 1, saving the life of a visitor who was pulled from the water with the help of bystanders at Lucy Vincent Beach.
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MVC Weighs Demolition of Historic House in East Chop
Plans to tear down a historic East Chop home forced neighbors and historic planners to weigh concerns about increasing home demolitions.
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SSA General Manager Receives High Marks for Performance
Steamship Authority general manager Bob Davis received a glowing performance review during his annual evaluation Tuesday, with governing board members unanimously praising his steady handling of not one — but two — viruses that threatened nearly all facets of the ferry service’s operations.
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SSA Paid No Ransom After Cyber Attack
The Steamship Authority did not pay a ransom after a cyber attack shut down the boat line’s IT and communications systems for more than a week in early June, general manager Bob Davis said Tuesday.
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