Local Information on COVID-19

Be safe! Wear a mask.

Is Covid-19 impacting your housing? Dukes County Regional Housing Authority is offering Covid-related rental relief. Check here to see if you can apply. (Upd. 3/7/21)

  • COVID-19 TESTING (Asymptomatic)* at MV High School: APPOINTMENT PHONE NUMBER TO PRE-REGISTER: (877) 336-9855
  • COVID-19 TESTING (Symptomatic) at the MV Hospital: Triage phone number to call (you do not have to be a patient to call): 508-684-4500 M-F 8am-5:30pm
  • Local vaccine information & FAQs from MV Hospital
  • MV Hospital- Vaccine roll out specifically for M.V.
  • State vaccine information : Identification, insurance, immigration status etc. All questions answered here.

I believe I’m currently eligible to receive the vaccine. How do I make an appointment?

Starting February 20th, 2021: Newly eligible vaccine candidates will need to sign up through the hospital’s website. YOU WILL NOT BE SIGNED UP AUTOMATICALLY by Patient Gateway, like Phase two, group one (75+) patients. See MVH hospital to sign-up.

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital’s website has everything you need to know about the vaccine rollout on island, including weekly updates on the number of people vaccinated. If you need assistance, please call the MVH Call Center at 508-684-4500.

Current eligibility status : All of Phase One, Phase two, groups one & two. Individuals 75+, then 65+, or individuals with two comorbidities (medical conditions as defined by the state) are eligible, or staff or residents of elderly and disabled housing complexes. **Martha’s Vineyard has some special exceptions, please check their website for local details

Eligibility changes in March and April- March 22nd, people who are 60+ years and certain workers as defined by the state. April 5th, people who are 55+ and those with one qualifying medical condition as defined by the state. April 19th, all other individuals 16 and over.

Governor’s updates on vaccine roll out: updated daily.

For those who do not have access to Internet, please call one of the Island libraries or the Councils on Aging for more information. The local hospital call center number if you need assistance, 508-684-4500. The State also added a phone number option last week, if you are planning on going off island for your vaccine or helping someone off-island:

Call 2-1-1 for the Vaccine hotline. The call center, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be staffed by 500 operators who will help callers find appointments at vaccination centers near them. There will be both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking operators, and translation offered in some 100 languages, Baker said.

*Asymptomatic Covid-19 Testing on Martha’s Vineyard: Call number to pre-register. Donated by Steve Rusckowski, seasonal resident and CEO/President of Quest Diagnostics, anyone can call Island Healthcare to schedule a drive through test at the Regional High School. See IHC’s website for details. Read this Vineyard Gazette article regarding the initiative.

Updated 03/22/21 Governor Baker lessens travel restrictions and increases venue limits as state continues to open in light of receding Covid-19 case count. See press conference summary from WGBH.

WBUR’s live Covid-19 maps for MA. See case counts, hospital capacity, vaccine doses and more in regularly updated graphics.

Announced by Governor Baker 5/11/20.

Updated 11/13/20-MV Boards of Health issue a press release, amid surge in local cases: Corona Vigilance

  • Anyone over the age of 5 needs to wear a mask when in public, indoors or outdoors, even with distancing. Exceptions only for health conditions.
  • All gatherings, whether public or private, must adhere to these numbers: 10 people maximum for inside and 25 maximum for outside.
Covid-19 PSA: wear a mask in public, wash your hands, respect 6 foot distancing, stay home if you feel sick.
Designed for Martha’s Vineyard summer safety, a Town of Oak Bluffs PSA.

Updated 7/2/20- Governor Baker announces Phase 3 opening for the state beginning Monday July 6th. Gyms and museums are included in this phase. For more information, please see Mass.gov for specifics.

Updated 5/18/20- Re-opening plan details See Mass.gov website

Updated 5/1/20- Mask Wearing Orders for Oak Bluffs and Massachusetts, including on the Steamship Authority. Both the town of Oak Bluffs and the governor updated requirements for wearing masks in public buildings and outside in public areas where social distancing is not possible. For the town guidelines, as of 4/30/20, please see Town of Oak Bluffs Website. For Steamship Authority guidelines, as of 5/1/20, see the SSA website. For state guidelines, as of 5/6/20, please see WBUR’s coverage of press conference.

Phase Two

As of 4/20/20, Self-employed and contract workers will be approved for unemployment benefits under Covid-19. Click link to check eligibility and apply for new benefits.

For districts and families struggling with access to education, WGBH (PBS channel 2) will be airing educational content between 12 pm-5 pm M-F and will have free resources available on their website at the WGBH Distance Learning Center.

Local information sources

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital: Daily Covid-19 testing reports & other FAQs

Services to the community

  • If you feel like you need to go to the hospital for any reason, call first. (includes routine care) M.V. Hospital call in line: 508-684-4500 (M-F 8 am-7 pm; a call center will be answering outside of hours.)
  • M.V. Community Services Emergency Services (Behavioral and Mental Health Services, 24 hours a day) 508-693-0032

Regional News sites

  • NECN : New England Cable News
  • WBUR : Boston’s local NPR radio site with news links and live streaming.