Coronavirus recommendations from CDC

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a medical facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Medical facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of medical facemasks is also crucial for health care workers and people who are caring for patients who are ill at home or in a health care facility.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

see also: coronavirus

A multi-disciplinary group is reviewing the latest information and recommendations that are issued by the CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and Steward HealthCare Leadership. They are updating protocols as needed to assist patients who are suspected as high-risk.

If there is a question of your risk to COVID-19 when you call for an appointment, the staff member to whom you speak will work with a clinical triage team to assess next steps. This team will contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health if needed to assist you. At this time, Hawthorn is not able to do testing for COVID-19.

We ask you to be patient as hold times and check-in times may be a bit longer than usual, and we have suspended valet service at our 531 location for the time being.

See also

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Message from Dr. Joseph Weinstein, Chief Medical Officer for Steward Health Care