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COVID hospitalizations hit pandemic high on Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard Hospital
Martha's Vineyard Hospital
Martha's Vineyard Hospital

Martha's Vineyard Hospital has the highest number of patients admitted with COVID since the pandemic began.

As of Wednesday, four patients were hospitalized including two in critical condition. A fifth COVID patient — a child — was recently transferred off-island in critical care.

Hospital officials could not release more information about the patients during a press briefing Wednesday, because of medical privacy laws.

The surge in cases has renewed concerns among hospital staff about capacity limits.

"We're working on the surge plan, dusting them off and hoping for the best," said the chief nurse, Claire Seguin.

Hospital CEO Denise Shepici said that they have enough capacity to handle patients currently, and the hospital has a contingency plan should they need it.

There were also more than 100 new cases reported on the island last week, the most reported this year.

"This spike is of great concern," Shepici said.

Shepici said that the capacity limits in Boston hospitals are in a "dire" situation.

She is continuing to urge residents to get vaccinated and boosted if they have not already. The island hospital is expanding distribution this week to make sure that anyone who wants a COVID vaccine will get one.

Sam Houghton left CAI in February, 2023, to become News Editor at the Martha's Vineyard Times.
He worked at CAI since the summer of 2017. Before that, he worked at the Falmouth Enterprise, where he covered local politics.