COVID-19 coronavirus

The Oak Bluffs Board of Selectmen voted to close the Oak Bluffs Public Library to the public, effective March 17, 2020 until further notice.

Due to a nation-wide surge of cases and increased visitors the island, as of July 17th, 2020 the Town of Oak Bluffs is requiring the use of masks in the following downtown neighborhoods. See the town’s website for the latest updates and the Emergency Mask order per the Board of Health.


For more information, see the .pdf of the Town’s Operations Plan to handle the containment of the virus here:

For up-to-date text advisories & alerts about your area: Text “Covid MA” to 888-777

It’s important to stay updated with trustworthy sources. For information about the current global pandemic search any of the sites below for statistics and information. Most sites are being updated daily, if not sooner.

CDC Report: Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting (Upd. 5/7/20) For more specific guidelines regarding cleaning products, industries and processes for both household and commercial purposes, please review website.

Informações Covid-19 para imigrantes do Gabinete do Procurador Geral de Massachusetts. Para o Português, clique aqui. Covid-19 information for Immigrants and their communities from Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. For English, Click here.

Buoy Health: an online “symptoms check” tool allowing Massachusetts residents to get free health advice from home. Developed by the Harvard Medical School, Governor Baker has partnered with Buoy to offer Covid-19 specific advice for free. This should NOT be used in place of emergency care. Click here to access.

How safe are you? (4/17/20) New York Times interviews experts on questions about surface contamination from shoes to clothes to hair.

New York Times: Corona virus tips in easy to read FAQ format. Answer questions you have about money (refunds), health, travel, science, mental health, and some other handy resources about staying in, going out, and what to do with your kids! Click here to access.

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CDC’s website
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Massachusetts: current cases
Virus under microscope

Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health
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Johns Hopkins University & Medicine :
Coronavirus Resource Center
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World Health Organization (WHO) : Maps, resource pages, research, warnings, travel information, and other global perspectives.

Proquest Coronavirus:
Linked directly to OBPL. If you can’t access, search for “Massachusetts,” choose “MBLC”. Search for all health related information and research articles related to open source coronaviruses.

NYT article (5/5/20): Inflammatory distress: Reports of what severe Coronavirus complications may look like in children.

Are you worried about applying for state benefits during Covid-19? We will define who a “Public Charge” is, as outlined by USCIS and include fact sheets below.

The public charge ground of inadmissibility has been a part of the U.S. immigration law for more than 100 years. 

A Public Charge (per USCIS): is an alien who is likely at any time to become a public charge is generally inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a lawful permanent resident. Under the final rule, a public charge is defined as an alien who has received one or more public benefits, as defined in the rule, for more than 12 months within any 36-month period.