COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 TESTING: We have expanded our capacity for community testing. Contact our COVID-19 Testing Call Center at 617-442-8800 ext. 2683 to make an appointment today.  Click here for more details. 

What is Dimock doing?

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. 

As part of the contact tracing collaborative (CTC) there is a new system that will allow close contacts of COVID cases to get a ‘test-pass’—to be shown to testing sites to get them rapid access to testing appointments.  Dimock is the first testing site *in the state* to pilot this program and proud to be on the frontlines of this work.

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 mobilizing our teachers and staff for remote learning capabilities due to the closure of all Early Head Start and Head Start education programs until June 29th or until further notice from state and health officials. We continue to remain in touch with our families to provide them with all updates moving forward.

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 have created a dedicated COVID-19 unit within our Z-Building to care for residential patients who test positive for the coronavirus. This new Crisis Stabilization Services unit will serve men and women from the community who are both COVID positive and who have substance use disorders. Once they recover from the coronavirus, these patients can continue their substance use disorder treatment in Dimock’s residential recovery and outpatient addiction services programs.

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, which provides guidance and expertise to inform our work. As information about COVID-19 develops, we will continue to 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 afterward.
  • Clean frequently-touched objects using household cleaning sprays and wipes.

View and share this resource on ways to help prevent the spread and how you can remain healthy.

If you’d like up-to-date information and tips about managing the spread of COVID-19 and the latest information from state and health officials, please visit https://www.boston.gov/news/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-boston  

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.

We have created a special Dimock Emergency Fund to help us respond to this unprecedented public health epidemic. Your gift at this time will ensure that we can continue providing the highest quality, integrated care. The Dimock Center is committed to continuing to address the urgent needs of individuals and families, in the midst of this crisis. Thank you for your kind support!