Local Information on COVID-19

Be safe! (Continue) to wear a mask when in crowded spaces. Local Mask Mandates in place for Dukes County. State mask mandate still in place for public transportation including the Steamship Authority, busses, and trains.

Want to know about local vaccine availability? Click here

Free at-home tests available to order from the Federal Government. For more information : Covidtests.gov A limited number are available per address. (If you live at an address with more than one dwelling, please indicate your apartment number before the street number, as their system may limit tests per initial street number.)

If you do take a test at home, the local Boards of Health request you upload positive results to this website: rapidtestmv.org. Please check local newspapers and Town Hall resources for information about the next local distribution of at home tests.

Week of January 10th- At home testing kits will be available at the Oak Bluffs Town Hall trailer starting Wednesday January 12th, 9:30-12:30 and Thursday January 13th 4pm-6pm, or until supplies run out. Please be prepared to prove residency with a utility bill, license, or street address listing. Other towns also have tests, although distribution methods and times may vary. The MV Times has the latest information in this article. (Distribution is likely to change availability, pick-up location and times from week to week.)

12/20/21- At home tests have been distributed to Island Boards of Health, free of charge, for those in need. This state initiative is to ensure the holidays can be as safe as possible. Please contact your local BOH or Council on Aging for more information. Tests are also available for some at the Food Pantry, located at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs. See MV Times article for more information. If you do take a test at home, they request you upload positive results to this website: rapidtestmv.org

The Town of Oak Bluffs has a mandatory indoor mask order in place for all inside spaces, public or private, until further notice as of November 5th, 2021.

  • Island’s Boards of Health (BOH) voted to continue to the mandatory mask mandate for in-door spaces in Dukes County on November 5th, 2021. This mandate will be readdressed at the start of 2022.
  • In general, caution should still be heeded within the community, especially as the weather gets colder and gatherings move inside. Residents and visitors should:
    • Wear masks when indoors in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status (mandatory)
    • Avoid crowded spaces, especially inside spaces
    • Stay home is you are feeling unwell
    • Get tested if you believe you have been exposed or are feeling unwell
    • Enjoy your outdoor activities and ventilate indoor space shared with non-household members as much as possible
    • If you are fully vaxxed, consider not mixing with un-vaxxed friends or family indoors
    • Even though fully vaccinated individuals can spread this new Delta variant, the risk is much lower if you are vaccinated. The MV BOH’s recommend individuals get vaccinated to reduce community spread.

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. Check the website and the newspapers for updates about when appointments will be released. Booster shots are now available for those eligible, and children aged 5-11 were approved for their first shots starting November 2021. Vaccines are now being given via drive-thru. If you need assistance, please call the MVH Call Center at 508-684-4500.

  • COVID-19 TESTING (Asymptomatic)* at West Tisbury Ag Hall (Winter 2021): APPOINTMENT PHONE NUMBER TO PRE-REGISTER: (877) 336-9855. See Island Healthcare website for complete information.
  • 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
  • COVID-19 TESTING (Asymptomatic and voluntary for travel): May be required for travel, leisure, or sports and is NOT covered by insurance. The closest location to MV that offers a rapid test that is also accepted for (most) travel is CVS in Falmouth. Ages 3+ can be tested. See website for booking, additional information, and considerations: https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-19-testing/voluntary-testing
  • 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.

*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.

FEMA funds available to help cover funeral costs of a loved one who died from COVID-19. Please see the FEMA website for details.

Governor's seal for Massachusetts

Massachusetts State of Emergency ended on June 15th, 2021. See Mass website for archived articles, policies, and declarations regarding Covid-19 emergency.

Need rental assistance? (8/4/21) – Eviction moratorium extended at the federal level. Please see this link for information and contact details.

6/16/21- Certain provisions made under the Covid-19 State of Emergency remain in place, including flexibility with the Open Meeting Law until April 2022. Read the specifics on Mass Gov website.

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)

7/1/21- Are you vaccinated? As a thank you, the state had a Massachusetts VaxMillions giveaway to win cash or scholarships. See VaxMillions website for details, residents 12 and over were eligible to enter.

5/29/21 Governor Baker rescinded the state’s Mask order on May 29th, 2021. Local bylaws may supersede state or federal guidelines. It is still a good idea to wear a mask in a crowd, even outside. Please see Mask Up Massachusetts page for specifics. On April 27th, the CDC updated mask guidelines for states to base policies on now that some people are vaccinated.

Over age 12? If yes, you are eligible to receive the vaccine! How do you make an appointment?

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

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.

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

Want world numbers?

Check out this site, Oxford University’s Our World in data, to see how quickly cases are rising globally.

World Health Organization (WHO) : Maps, resource pages, research, warnings, travel information, and other global perspectives.

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

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.