Tangier Island is a secluded piece of land in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. It’s a small quaint community whose survival is mostly based on fishing and crabbing. The median age of the Island is over 50 years old and the Island has no hospital or doctor who is ever-present. So people must go to the mainland to get treated. Currently no one on the Island has COVID19. If anyone on the island catches the virus and it spreads, this could be devastating. The community is close and intimate the population of under 500 extraordinarily vulnerable.
The only way to access the Tangier Island or by boat or plane. A few people go to and from the island but not many and not often. This level of isolation has certainly work to the existing population’s advantage when it comes to being COVID19 free. Tangier Island is also said to be slowly sinking beneath the Chesapeake bay due to rising waters caused by climate change. Tangier Island has two churches and one school, which are shuttered. Other than that life continues here in a way that America only knew weeks ago.
I would like to personally continue to monitor this small island during this pandemic to see how they fare. Right now Isolation is certainly working in their favor. But if they are not careful it can also be their major downfall. I wish them safety, good health, and prosperity.