COVID-19 Closures & Resources


Massachusetts is currently in Phase 3, Step 2 of its reopening plan (as of October 5th) for lower-risk communities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to be worn by everyone when out in public. This is to slow the spread of the virus.

Safe practices for food shopping, take out food, and gas station use (English) (Portuguese)

Register for the statewide text-based notification system that delivers important information about the Commonwealth's COVID-19 response. Text "COVIDMA" to 888-777.

Register for CodeRED - Our Island-wide Emergency Alert System to receive important messages and emergency alerts.

Resources from Martha's Vineyard Hospital. FAQs about the Coronavirus, what to do if you think you're sick, and daily updates.

The Steamship Authority: The SSA is reducing service through at least 01/23/2021. Find the schedule on their site.


Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
– This group is actively looking for doctors, nurses, nursing
administrators, ward clerks, nurse’s aides, etc. Anyone who has a good level of knowledge of
medical care and administrative services can help. Those who want to help must provide a
CORI background check. Contact:

Red Cross – This group is for those who want to help set up and take care of disaster shelters,
or help those effected by disasters. Contact Disaster Program Manager, Edward Blanchard:

Salvation Army – Traditionally this group is a supply and food network. People here are
locally trained in ServSafe and ready to feed people at shelters. They also help with critical
supplies donated from other branches of volunteer service. Contact Salvation Army Coordinator Rick Reinhardsen:

Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) – This group trains regularly to help on a
community level for basic needs and Emergency Services. There is currently only one on the
Island in Aquinnah. They are accepting volunteers from other towns to grow and gain ground
Island-wide. Contact Aquinnah Emergency Manager, Gary Robinson:

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services (MVCS) – This is now a great gathering place for
a host of local volunteer organizations. Many have reached out to them to help with Elderly
care, food delivery, school food programs, etc. They can be reached here: https://www.mvcommunityservice...

Dukes County Website – A list of the Island outreach and coordination is here where the
County has asked many parties to join in on support services. That can be done here: