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The Martha's Vineyard Hospital has confirmed that two cases of the highly contagious Delta COVID-19 variant have been detected on the Island. Speaking to reporters on a conference call, hospital president and CEO Denise Schepici and chief nurse and COO Claire Seguin said they just received the information, and could not immediately say if the …
The Martha's Vineyard Hospital has confirmed that two cases of the highly contagious Delta COVID-19 variant have been detected on the Island.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call, hospital president and CEO Denise Schepici and chief nurse and COO Claire Seguin said they just received the information, and could not immediately say if the two Delta variant cases were individuals who had been vaccinated.

The Delta COVID variant was first identified in India, and is more contagious than other strains of the virus. The variant accounts for 80 percent of new cases of COVID-19 across the country as the U.S. enters its fourth surge, Schepici said.

Schepici urged people who have not been vaccinated to make an appointment to get a shot. "The Delta variant is nothing to take lightly," Schepici said. "It spreads very easily from human to human, and very quickly."

While Massachusetts has not implemented a new mask order, Schepici said she encourages those who feel uncomfortable in an indoor setting to wear a mask if they can't socially distance themselves.

This is the second variant detected on Martha's Vineyard. Three cases of the B.117 COVID variant, known as the U.K. variant, were detected back in April.

While the Delta variant is of concern, Schepici said the vaccine reduces the risk of hospitalization and serious illness due to COVID.

Reports of the Delta variant on the Island come as the Vineyard is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases. There were 16 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Martha's Vineyard last week, including several individuals who were symptomatic even though they are fully vaccinated.

The Cape is also seeing an increase in cases. Provincetown in particular has seen 132 cases between July 1 and 16, the "vast majority" being reported in vaccinated individuals. According to a Provincetown public health advisory, the town is urging its residents and visitors to wear masks indoors despite vaccination status, when they can't social-distance, and…
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