COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

The health and safety of our patients, families, and staff is our top priority. Indeed, it is our mission to heal our community and keep people’s bodies and minds strong. We are dedicating time and resources across campus to ensure that our patients and families stay healthy with minimal disruptions to the important, and often life-saving, care they receive. 

What is Dimock doing?

We have created an open-air testing structure, located towards the front of our Health Center, and are acquiring COVID-19 testing kits to begin testing. This will be a vital resource for those within our community, who may not have easy access to other testing sites.

We have shifted most well-patient visits and specific behavioral health services remotely through tele-health platforms.

We have equipped our medical staff to conduct patient screenings and are reminding all patients, families and staff of simple, effective prevention efforts.

We are cancelling or rescheduling large group meetings and events, and have halted all non-Dimock employee or patient visits to campus.

We are mobilizing our teachers and staff for remote learning capabilities due to the closure of all Early Head Start and Head Start education programs through May 4th, or until further notice from state and health officials.

We are carefully managing the census in all programs, especially our four residential recovery homes, to ensure the highest level of around-the-clock staff coverage to maintain operations of these programs.

We are thoughtfully and creatively exploring the use of space in our buildings to house residential patients in case any may be affected by the virus. One of the strengths of Dimock is our nine-acre campus with nine buildings. We are assessing spaces that can be used to isolate and care for people away from the rest of our Dimock community.

We are communicating with our staff frequently to keep them updated about our plans, especially the ways that they can stay healthy and also take time off from work if they or others in their family get sick. As the largest employer in Roxbury, Dimock is committed to supporting and nurturing our dedicated staff, many who have worked here for decades.

Most importantly, each day we are learning about this novel virus and being agile in our planning. Dimock is fortunate to have wonderful community partners, like Beth Israel Lahey Health, the Boston Public Health Commission. and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, who provide guidance and expertise to inform our work. As information about COVID-19 develops, we will continue assess our practices and put in place all steps needed to care for Dimock patients and families. And we will be sure to keep you apprised of our efforts.

Ways in which you can stay healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Avoid close contact with individuals who have a fever or cough.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If you are sick with a fever and respiratory symptoms, contact your healthcare provider.
  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds frequently with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth with a flexed elbow or tissue. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Clean frequently-touched objects using household cleaning sprays and wipes.

If you’d like up-to-date information and tips about managing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy, please visit

The spread and effects of COVID-19 are certainly sobering, impacting so many facets of our lives. Please know that Dimock will continue to demonstrate leadership, clarity and compassion to all in our community to slow the spread of the virus and care for those impacted by it. We remain grateful to you for your steadfast support of Dimock, at this challenging time and over the years. We look forward to keeping you updated about our innovative, comprehensive work that touches more than 19,000 people annually. Be sure to check our website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for news, videos and updates about our work.