Coronavirus concerns cause cancellations


The Martha’s Vineyard High School is cancelling a planned student-sponsored ski trip due to concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, according to principal Sara Dingledy. The trip was scheduled to leave Friday and return Sunday.

The ski trip cancellation comes on the heels of a student Model U.N. trip to New York City also being cancelled by the school. Students are still attending the Model U.N. conference with parent chaperones separate from the school. 

“Our guidelines that we’re following is if there are confirmed cases in the area that we’re traveling, we won’t go,” Dingledy told The Times by phone Wednesday. “We just want to do our part to not contribute to the spread of anything.”

On Tuesday, Island school principals, superintendent Matt D’Andrea, school nurses, and town board of health members held a meeting to discuss protocol if students develop flu-like symptoms. Pete Steedman, director of the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School, told The Times the meeting was to get everyone on the same page about hand washing and cleaning school buildings.

“Key thing is to make sure we are all on the same page and diligent about hand washing and cleaning the building,” Steedman said. “It was nice to be in that room. It was pretty powerful having all the principals.”

It’s not just Island schools taking precautions. On Tuesday, Seafood Expo North American in Boston was postponed amid fears about the spread of COVID-19. Net Result general manager Michael Holtham said he had been planning on attending, but was on the fence because of the outbreak.


    • BS, viruses have things called, “PAMPs.” To the cells that patrol our bodies, PAMPs can be thought of as unfamiliar faces in the crowd. The PAMPS has the same nucleotides as we do, but, I don’t k now. There is something about those PAMPs that convinces me they’re not one of us. Those microbes are just not human, not even mammalian. Here is one time it pays to be xenophobic. These unfamiliar faces are downright hostile. They challenge our immune systems as never before, such that we are not ready to keep them at bay to prevent them from doing serious damage. (Okay, this is an extended metaphor, but if your body is not ready to recognize a PAMPs when it sees them, and it is likely that it is not, best to stay away from them entirely.)

  1. bs – as I pointed out to Andrew a while ago, per capita statistics do matter,
    I used the example of automobile fatalities in the U.S vs Jamaica.

    There are about 40,000 deaths in the U.S , about 400 in Jamaica.

    I don’t know if you have ever been in Jamaica, but most rational people will not tell you the roads are safer in Jamaica. Covid 19 has a fatality rate 200 tome that of the flu. The flu is not more dangerous.
    And George, you limited comments about climate change. Can’t you do something about un informed people who post things like this ?
    Bs’s comment is extremely dangerous in the immediate situation. The willfully ignorant should not be able to post things that will directly affect the conversation in such a way as to put people’s health at risk.

    And please, people , regardless of what the complete idiot who occasionally stays at the white house says , do not go to work if you are sick !!!!!!

    • Within a month this virus will be out of the headlines. The vast majority of people who contract it have experienced very mild symptoms. This is just the truth. Virtually every medical expert has stated such. I am not the uninformed one.

  2. Cases are labeled as mild severe and critical. 89 percent are mild in China. Then there is location and there is age of patient. Most deaths are for people over 80. No one under 9. Flu kills 48 thousand in USA annually. Corona won’t even be close. Too much hype about this. Your chance of getting this is smaller than dondondon or Jackie voting for Trump.

    • andrew– you can do math. A few days ago, there were 106 confirmed cases in the U.S. 9 deaths

      • Donx3….you do know that those 9 deaths all occurred in the same nursing home somewhere in Washington state….probably all elderly with compromised immune systems…not to say this virus isn’t something to be reckoned with….practice good hygiene and yes, if your sick, stay away from work or other places people congregate.

      • dondondon. Dont know what your point is. 106 cases and 9 deaths tells me that it is very very hard to contract and only very old people die from it. You Dems want us all to panic and you are again overstating just like you do on cli———– oops.

      • Saturday morning, 333 confirmed cases in U.S. and 17 dead. Pence/Mother admits they don’t have enough tests. Like flu vaccines available at pharmacies, these tests should be available for pick up to everyone. It’s a swab, not rocket science.

    • Yes, this is a best guess, but it is from a source that bases info on fact and science. The White House has failed the public by not being forthcoming or honest, and so the minimizing and denial from Trump supporters is to be expected. The virus is a danger and menace, not just to everyone over 60 and the medically compromised. There are some younger, healthy people who are very, very sick, too. When your retirement fund dwindles to nothing, will Trump supporters get concerned then? Fear is relieved by having facts and truth from our leaders, because then we know wht we can do, but the administration has been in chaos over “what to tell the public” as is now being reported. Even Pence and Trump give info that is at odds with the other, and the public has been repeatedly lied to about who can get tested and how. Without truthful information backed by science, there will be panic. The only thing worse than panic is denial and minimizing because that leads to a lax public that doesn’t take precautions. Informed people listen to the medical experts, not to BS from a corrupt, inept leader who can’t understand science. Within a month you will be eating your words.

      American Hospital Association “Best Guess Epidemiology” for #codiv19 over next 2 months:

      96,000,000 infections
      4,800,000 hospitalizations
      1,900,000 ICU admissions
      480,000 deaths

      vs flu in 2019:

      35,500,000 infections
      490,600 hospitalizations
      49,000 ICU admissions
      34,200 deaths

  3. tq- we can play with statistics all day long. The fact is that the body count as I write this ( 8:45 am ) now at 14 in the U.S. That’s 5 deaths since yesterday.
    The question I have is how did this suddenly become politicized ? Perhaps it has something to do with a certain village idiot who declared that it was all a hoax by the “liberal media” to attack him. His followers seem to believe anything he says, and will blame “others” for anything that does not fit their narrative.
    It is quite amazing to me to see the usual trump followers just tow his line no matter what.
    There is some sort of psychosis going on here that would lead people to believe that a world wide soon to be pandemic that started in China , has resulted in thousands of deaths ( I really do care about old people, don’t you ? ), and is spreading exponentially across the planet is the result of some sort of conspiracy to hurt trump.
    Let his own words and actions speak for themselves. When the U.S had 15 cases and no deaths, he said they would all be gone in a week. Yeahhhh they all cheered.
    Now he tells us to go to work when we feel sick.
    He assures us there will be plenty of test kits, and that a vaccine will be available “soon”.
    He is immediately and directly contradicted by health officials, administrators around the world. I am sure he would love to fire those people.
    At least “pray it away mike” had the courage to actually tell the truth, and admit there are not enough test kits to go around.
    Again, I appeal to the editor here to put some sort of lid on misinformation about this very dangerous virus.

    • Donx3…did you mean to direct this comment toward Andrew? Where did I mention politics or politicians…Dem or Rep? You stated 9 deaths….you didn’t state they were all in one facility…again, until we know more, it has the potential to be a pandemic…practice good hygiene, stay away from crowds, etc….there was nothing in my reply to warrant your attack on me, other than you know I am a conservative Republican

    • dondondon you are joining the hype crowd. People die every day. 48000 flu deaths in the US. You know the number. 650 thousand abortions every year in the US. I know , I know you cant mention that because its not a death. For all your research please find me an number of people who die every day in the USA from some kind of infection. 2 deaths today in Florida, one from international travel , the other from other symptoms and very weak immune system. Both old. Pangolins are eaten in China, in fact they are eaten into extinction. All sorts of other weird stuff is eaten in China and I have eaten it as well many years ago. The infection came here from China. Have you ever walked around in China and Hong Kong and watched how people cough up spit on the sidewalk all the time? I know—– that is racist. Get some perspective please.

      • The question is not what you’ve eaten, Andrew, but what you’ve been drinking. No need to travel China to make racist statements about people coughing up spit on sidewalks. American (usually white) guys in NY do it all the time on the streets and in the subway. You should get out more often, but now isn’t a good time to travel. The virus is now in more than half the states in the country. I hope it doesn’t come to the Island, but it’s unrealistic to think it will not.

      • andrew- you know what the word exponential means.
        You don’t seem to care very much about old people. Should we let them all die and let god sort them out later ?
        Do you still think this disease is a hoax ?
        I have never been to China or Hong Kong, but I have been in the southern U.S where I have watched red neck trump supporters spit their chawi’n tobacca on the streets.
        Get some perspective.
        Today, trump said he wanted a cruise ship with 3 thousand people on it,( mostly Americans) to stay in that infested petri dish offshore because he “” like[s] the numbers being where they are. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship” . Can you personally vote for such a man and then ask your creator if she thinks that’s ok ?
        He says he knows about viral infections, then wonders why they just don’t give out the regular flu shot to combat covid 19.
        Then he goes on to claim the ratings were the highest ever on his fox “interview”.
        How anyone can support this complete idiot is beyond comprehension.
        But , one thing he is really a genius about is the idea of nuking hurricanes to stop them. I actually think he came up with that idea himself.

  4. Dondondon. You are always asking me to wager on things. You who politicize the virus and blame it on Trump and exaggerate it beyond proportion, I will now ask you to make a bet with me for one thousand dollars. How about 1000 people in the US die from Coronavirus, Small number since this is a pandemic. If we dont reach that threshold you pay me. You wont take that bet because you know its not gonna happen. As for Trump being a ”complete idiot” will you soon be concerned with Biden’s diminished mental capacity and cognitive decline.? I promise you the 1000 dollars if I lose. I will chase you on your non CO2 spewing bicycle and hand you the money.

    • A man who claims to be a Christian is placing a bet on how many Americans will die a horrible death from a horrible disease? Can you go any lower, Andrew? Do you know what it’s like not to be able to breathe?

      • This is why your abortion rants have nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the sanctity of life. That’s some religion you’ve got yourself there, Andrew.

    • Each life is worth $1.00? So, far, that’s $14.00. How many deaths, of any age or nationality, are in a small number? You actually offer to put money on this. (Please, no rejoinder of “That’s not what I meant and you know it.) “only very old people.” At what age does a born life stop counting?

    • andrew–Because I was recently traveling abraud with my  small lap top,which is not registered with the mv times , I could only read a few stories once in a while on the Mv times.But I could read the headlines, and see comments.I did not immediately catch your  wager offer about the COVID 19 virus
      I can see how  some would think such a wager is disgusting, given that it is about people’s lives.
      I  somewhat feel my yearly challenge about climate change falls into the same category, as the effects of climate change potentially are going to kill millions, and could bring down our entire civilization.
      But, Andrew, I will  take you up on your wager .
      Not because I want anyone to die, nor will I “hope” that number is reached.The course of this pandemic  is entirely out of my control. I will take the risk to prove a point.
      As unfortunate as it is,my opinion is that  1,000 deaths in the U.S is a statistical certainty.I will publicly pledge that any money, if and when I get it from you will be donated to  Planned parenthood.
      If i win, and you renege on your commitment, i will also make that public.
      If you win, you can do whatever you want with my hard earned money.
      there is no question that i will pay up–

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