Local Information on COVID-19

Be safe! (Continue) to wear a mask when in crowded spaces.

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.

5/29/21 – The Town of Oak Bluffs will still have an indoor mask mandate in place for: Library, Town Hall and Council on Aging, per Board of Health vote 5/25/21.

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.

Local case rates in Dukes County have declined significantly in the last couple of weeks, but we saw a recent spike even with increased vaccinations. Read article (May 25th, 2021) from MV Gazette.

5/29/21 Governor Baker rescinded the state’s Mask order on May 29th, 2021.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.

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
  • 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.

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

Mobile Vaccine clinic came to MV! Sent by the Department of Public Health, the walk-in clinic was on Island from May 15th-19th and again June 5th-June 9th.

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. They are continually updating information about vaccinating children, as guidelines are released. If you need assistance, please call the MVH Call Center at 508-684-4500.

Current eligibility status : All residents over age 12 or people who live and work in Massachusetts. **Martha’s Vineyard has some special exceptions, especially for scheduling and vaccinating minors. Please check their website for local details

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.

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

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.