New cases of Covid-19 are on the decline following a surge that saw record case counts, the Island boards of health reported Monday. But cases still remain far above counts seen throughout 2021.

Boards of health reported 326 new cases for the week ending Jan. 22, a drop of 131 from the week prior. Another 26 positive cases were reported on Sunday and Monday, for a nine-day total of 352.

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital is currently treating one patient for Covid-19, who is in fair condition, spokesman Marissa Lefebvre said in an email to the Gazette Monday.

In a statement, hospital president and CEO Denise Schepici praised the ongoing work and dedication of staff. “Our staff at the hospital is truly amazing — they have been working nonstop since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020,” Ms. Schepici said. “Even with additional pressure, they continue to provide exceptional care for our patients, community, and each other.”

Meanwhile, free distribution of at-home test kits resumed Monday and will continue through the week in every Island town.

Last week’s distribution was delayed due to global supply change interruptions, but by Saturday Island health officials said new kits had arrived and that the distribution will be regular and ongoing.

All towns stress the importance of not entering town buildings or standing in line to pick up test kits if experiencing symptoms of illness, even mild cold-like symptoms. Anyone who is symptomatic and would like to obtain a test kit can have a friend or family member pick it up, or call the board of health in the town where they live and make arrangements to obtain a kit.

Well-fitted masks are required to enter town buildings. Arriving early is not necessary. Bring identification showing proof of residency.

Distribution information follows on a town-by-town basis. (Information from Aquinnah was not provided.)


Wednesday, Jan. 26, 10-11:30 a.m.; Thursday, Jan. 27, 4:30-6 p.m., town hall. Park in main lot off Middle Road.


Wait list pickup was Monday. Pickups continue in front lobby of town hall Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration no longer required.

Oak Bluffs

Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2-5 p.m., temporary town office trailers.


Beginning Monday and continuing while supplies last, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., town hall, town hall annex, fire station. Public library, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

West Tisbury

Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., public library, public safety building, Howes House.

Thursday, Jan. 27, 4-6 p.m., public safety building.