April 1, 2020

National Guard Delivers Emergency Supplies to the Vineyard

National Guard Delivers Emergency Supplies to the Vineyard

A convoy of National Guard trucks arrived on the Island Wednesday morning to deliver a staff isolation tent to the Edgartown house of correction, and other supplies Islandwide.

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April 1, 2020

Emergency Grants Begin

Emergency Grants Begin

Seven Island nonprofits will share nearly $54,000 in emergency grants announced today by the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard.
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April 1, 2020

Island Seamstresses Put Skills to Work Making Face Masks

Island Seamstresses Put Skills to Work Making Face Masks

With protective masks in short supply on Martha’s Vineyard, a new Island network has formed with the mission of providing masks for everyone who needs them.
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April 1, 2020

SSA Extends Reduced Ferry Schedule, as Traffic Plummets

SSA Extends Reduced Ferry Schedule, as Traffic Plummets

With ridership cratering on the Vineyard route and financial losses looming, SSA general manager Robert Davis said the reduced ferry schedule will remain in effect through May 5.

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March 31, 2020

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

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

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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March 31, 2020

Island Coronavirus Cases Hold Steady at Eight; Hospital Battens Down

Island Coronavirus Cases Hold Steady at Eight; Hospital Battens Down

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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March 31, 2020

Bank Donates to Nonprofits

Bank Donates to Nonprofits

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services is receiving a $25,000 donation from Cape Cod 5, according to a bank announcement.
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March 30, 2020

Phone Meeting to Discuss Construction Ban Draws Crowd of Contractors

Phone Meeting to Discuss Construction Ban Draws Crowd of Contractors

More than 100 Island contractors and tradesmen who have been affected by the construction moratorium joined a conference call Monday.
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March 30, 2020

After Standoff With Governor Baker, Construction Ban Stands

After Standoff With Governor Baker, Construction Ban Stands

Construction bans enacted on the Vineyard and Nantucket will remain in place, following a conference call Sunday with officials from both Islands and spokesmen for Governor Baker.
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March 30, 2020

SSA to Sanitize Terminal Building

SSA to Sanitize Terminal Building

An employee at the Steamship Authority’s Woods Hole terminal was reportedly exposed to a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.
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March 30, 2020

Vineyard Reports Five More Coronavirus Cases; Construction Bans Stand

Vineyard Reports Five More Coronavirus Cases; Construction Bans Stand

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said Monday there are now eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Island, five more than as of Saturday. And public officials said construction bans on both Islands will remain in place, following a Sunday conference call with spokesmen for Governor Baker.
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March 29, 2020

With Third Coronavirus Case Confirmed, Vineyarders Brace for More

With Third Coronavirus Case Confirmed, Vineyarders Brace for More

As coronavirus numbers continue to skyrocket statewide, Vineyarders are bracing for the pandemic spread on Island. The Vineyard confirmed a third positive Covid-19 test in Dukes County Saturday.
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March 28, 2020

Facebook Group Supports MVH Workers

Facebook Group Supports MVH Workers

A new group called Thank You Workers at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is gaining hundreds of members on the Facebook social network.
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March 28, 2020

Cures for the Social Isolation Blues

Cures for the Social Isolation Blues

According to mental health professionals, a useful coping mechanism in these difficult times is to look for the positives and to write them down.
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March 27, 2020

Troopers Staff Up

Troopers Staff Up

The Massachusetts State Police is deploying additional troopers to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket during the coronavirus emergency.
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March 27, 2020

Pandemic Leaves Vineyard Fishermen High and Dry

Pandemic Leaves Vineyard Fishermen High and Dry

The Menemsha waterfront traditionally begins to stir at this time of year. Fishermen mend their gear, sturdy work boats are back in the slips, ready for the early-season haul. With the pandemic, all that has changed.

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March 26, 2020

Hospital Staff Receive Top-Flight Training from Pandemic Expert

Hospital Staff Receive Top-Flight Training from Pandemic Expert

As the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital prepares for a potential influx of coronavirus cases, staff have been training tirelessly with infectious disease expert Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner .
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March 26, 2020

Island Chef Brings New Meaning to Comfort Food

Island Chef Brings New Meaning to Comfort Food

Wednesday was a historically grim day on Martha’s Vineyard. Just after noon, an ominous stay-at-home order chimed on cell phones all over the Island. Still, there were flickers of hope. The Art Cliff diner was one of them.
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March 26, 2020

Steamship Authority Traffic Goes Into Freefall

Steamship Authority Traffic Goes Into Freefall

Automobile and passenger traffic on Steamship Authority ferries plunged into steep decline this month, just as the coronavirus pandemic began its spread into Massachusetts.
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March 26, 2020

Social Service Agencies Step Up Response to Islanders in Need

Social Service Agencies Step Up Response to Islanders in Need

Social distancing is becoming routine on Martha’s Vineyard as social service agencies adjust to the coronavirus pandemic Food service agencies are readjusting.
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