Updated 3:35 pm
COVID cases are on the rise with 29 cases reported in the past six days, but Island health officials are not ready to issue any mask mandate.
The Martha’s Vineyard boards of health have reported 3 cases on Sunday, 8 on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, 5 on Wednesday, 7 on Thursday, and five on Friday — surpassing last week’s 24 total new cases.
Boards of health spokesperson and Tisbury health agent Maura Valley told The Times that while the Island’s confirmed case numbers are up and while there is an indoor mask advisory in place, the boards of health have not talked about a mask mandate.
“We are keeping an eye on what’s going on on the Island. Our numbers are not approaching what Nantucket’s numbers are, hopefully they won’t,” Valley said. “At this point we haven’t talked about a mask mandate.”
On Nantucket, the neighboring island has issued a new indoor mask mandate following an emergency Nantucket board of health meeting Thursday.
The order, which went into effect immediately, was issued amid a “significant increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due primarily to the Delta variant of the coronavirus,” according to the town’s website.
Customers and staff at many venues including businesses, clubs, assembly places, restaurants, bars, event venues, places of worship, and town buildings must wear cloth face coverings. Face coverings at restaurants and bars can be removed once customers are seated.
Nantucket reported 23 new cases Tuesday. Their seven-day average of cases is at 8.8 percent
The Nantucket mandate includes recommendations for all people not residing in the same household to maintain a distance of six feet when possible. All non-vaccinated individuals are recommended to wear a mask in all public places both indoors and outdoors.
Valley said Nantucket’s rise in cases was due to transmission at indoor social events.
Updated with Friday’s COVID cases. — Ed.