Updated 6:45 pm
A crew member of the MV Martha’s Vineyard has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Steamship Authority canceled two crossings of the MV Martha’s Vineyard Friday afternoon after a vessel employee tested positive for COVID-19. The 12 noon and 1:15 pm crossings were canceled, according to an email alert from the SSA.
“The employee was a member of the crew that was scheduled to start their watch with the noon departure from Woods Hole. As a result, the noon departure of the MV Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole and its 1:15 pm departure from Vineyard Haven have been canceled,” the SSA said in a press release. “The authority has assigned a substitute crew to the vessel so it will be able to run the rest of its scheduled trips.”
“The employee last worked on the vessel on the watch that began with the noon trip on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020,” a later release states, “and ended with the vessel’s 11:30 am arrival in Woods Hole on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. The employee subsequently developed symptoms of COVID-19 and was tested; the employee received the results Friday morning and immediately notified the authority. As the employee was a member of the crew that was due to take its watch with the noon departure of the MV Martha’s Vineyard from Woods Hole, that crew was instructed not to report for duty on the vessel.”
The SSA hasn’t released the crew member’s name for privacy reasons.
“Due to their typical work duties, the COVID-19-positive employee was unlikely to have any prolonged exposure with any member of the public during their work hours,” the release states.
Testing of the Martha’s Vineyard’s other crew members has been arranged, according to the release.
Updated with more details from the SSA -Ed.