Local Information on COVID-19

State-wide “Safer-at-home-advisory” in place.


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.

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 5/7/20- Oak Bluffs summer events NOW cancelled: Fireworks and Grand Illumination Night. OB Fireman’s Association and MVCMA followed suit after many other organizations and town boards had cancelled most 2020 summer events on Martha’s Vineyard including the Ag Fair, Taste of the Vineyard, Fourth of July Parade and fireworks in Edgartown (5/11/20), Camp Jabberwoky, and many other festivities. See announcement in Vineyard Gazette here.

Updated 6/12/20- When can my business re-open? Businesses classified in stages on Mass.gov website.

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 today’s press conference.

Announced by Governor Baker 5/11/20.
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.

As of 4/21/20, Governor Baker extends all school and childcare centers close through the end of the school year, or June 29th, 2020. Students and teachers will continue online learning. See news conference here.

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.

**Federal and State Income tax due dates have been postponed to July 15th.**

No Need to file extension paperwork. For more information see: IRS website or Mass.gov Covid-19 Response tax update webpage.

Local information sources

High School Graduation July 26th at Ag Hall in West Tisbury. Please read this MV Times article for more information about how 2020 graduates finished out their year in the first week of June.

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

Services to the community

Emergency service approved childcare for essential workers: Offered by Chilmark Preschool. Ages 2.9 years–1 years; 7 days a week; 6 am-6 pm. Call Director, Anja May, to inquire about eligibility and applications: 508-939-0103

  • 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.