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Vinalhaven ferry service resumes after confirmed negative COVID-19 test

By Stephen Betts | Sep 25, 2020

Vinalhaven — The Governor Curtis will resume its Vinalhaven runs Friday afternoon after a crew member's COVID-19 test came back negative.

Two Maine State Ferry Service runs to Vinalhaven were canceled Sept. 24 when a crew member became ill and was tested for COVID-19.

Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Paul Merrill said Sept. 25 the crew member's test result came back negative and runs would resume at 1 p.m. The Governor Curtis ferry is based on Vinalhaven.

There are two ferries that serve Vinalhaven.

Merrill said that with other workers on family medical leave, there were not enough staffing for Thursday runs.


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Comments (8)
Posted by: Barry Douglas Morse | Sep 26, 2020 09:23

That was an amazingly quick test result. Kudos to someone.

Posted by: Caroline Hooper | Sep 25, 2020 15:01

As a business owner with a crew on the island, this "heads up" article was useful. I needed to find out if my crew made it back or even could. If not, I would have had to make other arrangements. Secondly, were they exposed to anyone that I need to be concerned about keeping them from the other employees or customers until we hear the results of the test. All of these thoughts were made calmly and with concern for everyone's health. I took in the information without reading between the lines and panicking because I needed to take action as a result of knowing this happened(something I would not have known if it weren't posted here). People getting information from the media are just as responsible as the media themselves if they are struck by panic or rage when absorbing the information. Thank you Steve for letting us know of the issue and updating it in a timely manner, especially considering the spotty cell service on the island.

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Sep 25, 2020 13:23


As the article stated. The crew member came to work, felt ill, saw a doctor who recommended the person be tested for COVID-19. Other workers are on family medical leave because they either have no child care or have someone at home who is high risk because of COVID-19. And the article has been updated to point out the test came back negative.

Steve Betts

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 25, 2020 09:32

Once you've fooled yourself every one else is easy.

Posted by: Knight Marine Service | Sep 25, 2020 08:39

I think it is TERRIBLE to cause fear with this headline.  You have NO idea if the virus is the cause or the person simply called in sick.  Quit it!!!  Celia Knight

Posted by: Paul Rosen | Sep 25, 2020 07:21

Another great comment that implies legitimacy to denial.  Amazing!

Posted by: Rick Winslow | Sep 24, 2020 20:53

Bill, I think you also hit why the COVID-19 numbers are so high overall. If you can bind the virus to anything, it's a result of it..

Posted by: Bill Packard | Sep 24, 2020 19:43

Not to be picky Steve, but it looks like the ferry didn't run because of a lack of crew.  The fact that one crewmember didn't feel well and was tested doesn't seem to justify a headline that the runs were cancelled because of a COVID concern.

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