Updated, Saturday, 3 pm to include state information
On Friday Martha’s Vineyard Hospital had one COVID-19 hospitalization, but on Saturday that number dropped to zero. The U.S. Coast Guard made one medical evacuation from the hospital at 5 am Saturday to Massachusetts General Hospital with an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, according to Petty Officer Zachary Hupp, who couldn’t disclose the patient’s name or medical details because of HIPAA restrictions. Boston Medflight Chief Operating Officer Andy Farkas said his company was unable to fly to the Vineyard recently due to unfavorable weather conditions. Petty Officer Hupp said the Coast Guard made another transport from Nantucket Cottage Hospital at 6:45 pm Friday.
The total number of patients tested at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital as of April 25 were 347. The total number of positive tests to date are 16 and the total number of negative tests are 324. There are seven pending tests.
In a press conference Saturday, Gov. Baker stressed that the interconnectedness of the northeast necessitates close and frequent discussions among governors, especially relative to where each state is in its COVID-19 surge. For the commonwealth, Gov. Baker said it’s presently “in” the surge.
“We in Massachusetts are in it,” he said. “Vermont is past it. New Hampshire is probably on the backside as well. Connecticut is about where we are. And Rhode Island — I think Gov. Raimondo would say she thinks she’s about a week away from the surge in Rhode Island. New York obviously at this point is over it. New Jersey is just about over it.”
Gov. Baker went on to say “part of the reason for the constant conversations between governors and others in the northeast is we do want to be coordinated on any effort we pursue to reopen.”
He botched his geography a bit, naming Maine as one of the Bay State’s abbutters.
“We also want to be coordinated given that we’re not all in the same place,” he said. “I don’t want Maine or New Hampshire or Vermont or Connecticut or Rhode Island or New York, which are, you know, are states that border us, to do something that they believe is an important part of their reopening that unwittingly creates issues for us. I certainly don’t want us to do anything that creates issues for them.”
Baker predicted close communication between governors would last “probably for the next four or five months.”
Massachusetts congressman Richard Neal, chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, stressed at the conference that despite some partisan bickering, Congress mustered bipartisan support for the second round of CARES Act funding with only five dissenters in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate.