West Tisbury resident is second COVID-19 case on Island

Second case comes four days after first confirmed Island case.

Second confirmed case of COVID-19 is a West Tisbury resident. — Tony Omer

The West Tisbury board of health has confirmed the second positive case of COVID-19 on Martha’s Vineyard.

“The patient is under quarantine at their West Tisbury home and appears to be recovering,” a Tuesday morning statement from the West Tisbury board of health reads. “The patient’s family and close contacts have been identified and are in self-quarantine and taking all recommended precautions.”

No other identifying information is being released to protect the patient’s privacy. The statement says the West Tisbury board of health is following Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines for tracing and isolating close contacts to prevent further spread of the illness.

The second confirmed case comes four days after a 50-year-old Tisbury man was confirmed to be the first case of COVID-19 on the Island. The state total of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 777 as of Monday afternoon, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.


  1. Did anyone besides me review the staggering numbers of world wide deaths and positive cases for H1N1 in 2009? I don’t remember everyone closing down for this (I’m not saying don’t close down)…. it took well over 12 months to develop a vaccine.

    ****There will be more cases…just a fact, too many people (islanders included) have travelled back and fourth in recent weeks. I get it, we all had our lives to lead.

    • The difference is the mortality rate, which was .02% for H1N1. It seems much higher for this outbreak. So if 61 million Americans get it–as they did H1N1, the mortality total will be vastly more than 12,000.

      • Thank you “Mind” for your scientific look at percentages. I am less than thrilled with whiners who only care about their own personal convenience and do not care about others.
        I had just finished an actual “back of envelope” calculation using the figures on TV when I read your comment. The figures change by the hour, but if the.02% H1N1 death rate is correct, then my calculations show the Coronavirus death rate is 75 times higher in the US, 225 times higher worldwide. Even if not accurate, it shows we are doing better so far than the rest of the world, and it shows that the death rate is much much higher than the current and recent flu. If we had started our physical distancing sooner Coronavirus could have barely spread.

        In spite of the hardships I believe that this crisis will make our country stronger and hopefully teach us to manufacture our vital needs here.

  2. Research is good, but do pay attention to the ways in which COVID-19 and H1N1 are different. One big difference is that in 2009 our government was much better prepared to deal with it early. (H1N1 didn’t blip my radar either.) As to “too many people” traveling back and forth — for years (and years and years), Vineyarders have gone to work off-island, and off-islanders have come to work here. My perception is that the number of the latter has been going steadily up in recent years because of how hard it is for working people to find affordable year-round housing here. We’re all connected. The island is connected to the mainland and it’s been that way pretty much forever.

    • Vaughn: Love to prove that wouldn’t ya? Get your name into the New England Journal of Medicine!

      Hooper: Ha ha ha ha ha.

      Martin: Larry, Larry, if we make an effort today, we might be able to save August.

      Vaughn: August? Heh, for Christ’s sake tomorrow is the fourth of July! And we will be open for business. It’s gonna be one of the best summer we ever had! Now if you fellas are concerned about the beaches, you do whatever you have to , to make them safe. But those beaches will be open for this weekend!

  3. In 2009 the flue vaccines and care of people with the flue could be coped with. People were not dead within days. This virus has no cure or vaccine as of yet to help control it.

    Yearly around the word anywhere from 250 thousand to 650 (+-)thousand people die from the flue. If you are to believe the CDC and other scientists this virus has more potential to kill more people around the world which does not take into consideration the normal flu running around this year. Without using toes and fingers that is potentially over 1 million people.
    I’m going to stick to social distancing and wearing my mask. You know its time to clean up the yard and declutter the house too..

  4. Yes, we must remember nothing closed down for the polio scourge and I recall that vividly as there was not a vaccine then for us. Spanish flu decimated populations. Asian flu was bad, I had it and thought it was all over for awhile, other viruses over the past decades have been astonishingly virulent. Aids was and still is in many countries. Trying to find a balance for civilization and financial systems to work is a moral and ethical and practical question. Take care everyone, we are all in this together.

    • You must have been a very small child during the polio epidemic. The lake where we swam was closed. There were two children in my class alone who survived but were crippled for the rest of their lives. I could go on but there definitely was an effort to prevent the spread of polio. We were not allowed to visit anyone in the hospital.

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