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Coronavirus Update (COVID-19)

By Old Colony Hospice SOURCE: News & Events, Healthcare, online March 11, 2020


Updated: 3/20/2020

Old Colony Hospice is taking all necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of our patients, their caregivers and our staff during this time of increased concern related to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). 

Visitors to the Dr. Ruth McLain Hospice Home - Visits to the Hospice Home in Braintree have been reduced. Visitors are screened upon entrance for symptoms and potential COVID-19 exposure to assess need for further precautions.  

- We are working with hospitals and facilities to comply with their individual regulations and screening of our staff.

- All support groups, trainings and meetings with non-staff members, have been suspended. 

- Old Colony Hospice has a comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan, which has been activated and is continuously monitored.

Things we do to protect our patients, their families and our staff: 

  • - Monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control, The World Health Organization, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and other trusted sources daily.
  • - Screening all patients/families before making a visit.
  • - Screening all staff daily. 
  • - Using evidence based, scientific information to guide our practices.
  • - Staff and volunteers are trained on Infection Control and Prevention, Emergency Preparedness and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment.
  • -All clinical staff has appropriate infection control tools and products.
  • -Most staff members are working remotely and meetings are being held virtually.
  • -We have a comprehensive plan to assure patient needs are met in case of an emergency.

Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts on March 10 in response to COVID-19, caused by the novel Coronavirus, in response to a rapidly growing number of cases.

"We are seeing an uptick in presumptive positive cases in part as a result of increased testing. More cases will be reported in the near future as more testing is done," he said.

The virus causes a respiratory infection that can be deadly. It was declared to be a pandemic on March 11, by the World Health Organization. 

At this time, given the community spread, Old Colony Hospice is taking increased measures to ensure the safety of our patients, families, staff and volunteers we have the privilege to serve and work with.  

Protect your health from infections including COVID-19:

  • -WASH YOUR HANDS often with warm soapy water for 20 seconds
  • -Alcohol based hand sanitizer may also be used
  • -Avoid people who are sick
  • -Avoid large gatherings
  • -Avoid unnecessary travel

It is vitally important that we work together to assure everyone’s safety.  IF YOU ARE A PATIENT OF OLD COLONY HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE PLEASE NOTIFY US BY PHONE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAVE HAD ANY KNOWN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS COVID-19 and we will help assess your risk and work with you to make a plan.

Call us 24 hours a day with any questions or concerns at 781-341-4145.

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