State-wide “Safer-at-home-advisory” in place.
- 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
*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 12/8/20- Governor Baker issues new Covid-19 restrictions, rolling state backwards to Phase 3 Level one, to help stem increase in cases. See press conference summary from WGBH.
Updated 11/13/20-MV Boards of Health issue a press release, amid surge in local cases: Corona Vigilance
Updated 11/4/20- New orders issued for Massachusetts residents Due to a recent uptick in both state, local, and national cases, Governor Baker announced Monday these new protocols to reduce the spread of the virus and support keeping the economy and schools open. The executive order goes into effect on Friday 11/6/20. See NPR report for details.
- 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.
- Stay at home advisory from 10pm to 5am, daily, and businesses must stop serving at 9:30pm.
- All gatherings, whether public or private, must adhere to these numbers: 10 people maximum for inside and 25 maximum for outside.
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.
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
- Duke’s County Emergency Management webpage: Links for local resources such as M.V. Hospital, public schools, food assistance, town pages etc.
- MVTV: Watch local meetings
- M.V. Times: All articles on COVID-19 open to the public (no subscription needed.)
- Vineyard Gazette: All articles on COVID-19 open to public (no subscription needed.)
- WMVY Radio: Martha’s Vineyard’s radio station
Services to the community
- M.V. Community Services: COVID-19 resources for elderly, families, and those in need of any daily resources.
- 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