Martha’s Vineyard marks its first COVID-19 death from the pandemic – Boston 25 News

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. — A first for the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Health officials say they have recorded the first death on the island from COVID-19.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Martha’s Vineyard Hospital reported the death of Albert Hutchinson, 78, of Chilmark. Hutchinson died on Tuesday.

“This is the island’s first death related to COVID-19. Our thoughts are with Mr. Hutchinson’s family,” hospital spokeswoman Marissa Lefebvre said.

“The COVID virus has inflicted so much pain and suffering on so many lives in such an unbearable way. Our staff and community have worked tirelessly to fight this epic pandemic and while it’s one death, it’s one death too many. At this time of sadness, we offer our condolences to Mr. Hutchinson’s family. said Martha’s Vineyard Hospital President and CEO Denise Schepici.

“Any loss of life is unfortunate. Our thoughts are with his family,” said Edgartown Health Worker Matt Poole. “It’s just an unfortunate reminder that we need to keep taking preventative measures – getting vaccinated, getting your booster, and making good choices about socializing and recognizing symptoms as early as possible and seeking treatment. That’s just a reminder if you need treatment then please get treatment.

Hutchinson’s niece, Rebecca Walsh, spoke to The Martha’s Vineyard Times.

“He was just wonderful, he was a musician, he was a carpenter, he was a chef, he had a huge personality. He was a larger than life character,” Walsh told Martha’s Vineyard Times.

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