Two years after the first cases of COVID-19 spread, then flooded, in Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard recorded the first virus-related death of one of its residents.
Albert Hutchinson, a 78-year-old from Chilmark, died Tuesday, a spokesperson for Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said in a statement, according to Boston 25 News.
“Our thoughts are with Mr. Hutchinson’s family,” the spokesperson said.
Rebecca Walsh, Hutchinson’s niece, said Martha’s Vineyard Time his uncle once owned a Jaguar car restoration business, was a lifelong vegetarian, and was a Renaissance man.
She described him as a “tremendous force for good”.
“He was just wonderful. He was a musician, he was a carpenter, he was a chef. He had a huge personality,” Walsh said. “He was a larger-than-life character.”
According to the state’s most recent COVID data, as of Feb. 5, Chilmark had the highest positivity rate — 7.98% — among communities on the island.
The rate was just above the statewide rate of 6.48%.
On Thursday, Massachusetts reported 2,611 new cases and 61 new deaths.
“The COVID virus has inflicted so much pain and suffering on so many lives in such unbearable ways,” Martha’s Vineyard Hospital President and CEO Denise Schepici said in a statement. “Our staff and our community have worked tirelessly to fight this epic pandemic and although it is one death, it is one death too many. At this time of sadness, we offer our condolences to the family by Mr. Hutchinson.
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