UPDATED 6.09.2020

 

FOR NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE A SPECIFIC WHITTIER FACILITY, PLEASE SELECT THAT FACILITY’S PAGE FROM THE NAVIGATIONAL MENU IN THE BLUE BAR AT THE TOP OF OUR WEBSITE AND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE.

 

Visitors allowed!  

 

DPH has allowed nursing homes and, effective June 10, will allow hospitals to welcome the return of resident/patient visitors under specific circumstances. Public health officials do still recommend virtual visitation as a first option. So, even as some restrictions ease, we encourage you to continue to take advantage of our virtual alternatives where that’s possible.  

 

If you do choose to visit, you should expect your visits to be different from the way they were before the pandemic took hold. For example, all visits must be scheduled in advance, held during specific hours, and will be limited in duration.  All visitors to any Whittier facility will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before entry and must wear a mask at all times during the visit. All nursing home visitation must occur outside. No nursing home resident may have more than two visitors at a time and hospital patients may have only one visitor at a time.

 

We know you are eager to see your loved ones but also committed to keeping them safe.  We know you will work with us to maximize this opportunity for face-to-face interaction while continuing to follow best practices of infection control, helping to keep us all safe.

 

You will find the nursing home visit acknowledgment here, which we will ask you to sign as you arrive for a visit.

 

Please contact our rehabilitation hospitals for more information about visiting.

 

Check back at this site later this week for a scheduling tool. Welcome back!

 

Whittier continues to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC, CMS, and the Massachusetts DPH to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. Actions that Whittier is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at its facilities include the following: restricting visitors, screening employees every shift, requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular facemasks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment, increasing cleaning and sanitizing, placing all new admissions in a room alone for a period of 14 days following admission to the facility, providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette, distancing of residents, limiting residents movements outside their rooms, and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

In addition, in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at Masconomet Healthcare Center, which has recently had residents and employees test positive for COVD-19, Masconomet has opened a separate unit that will treat only COVID-19 positive residents. This unit will have a dedicated staff treating only COVID-19 positive residents on the unit and will not provide care to anyone else at the facility.

Please know that during this very scary and unnerving time, the health and well-being of our patients/residents and staff continue to be the utmost priority at Whittier Health Network. We are especially proud of and grateful to all the Whittier employees who have been working around the clock to tirelessly and lovingly care for all the patients/residents at Whittier facilities during this challenging time. Whittier will continue to work hard to provide all necessary PPE for all of our dedicated employees. 

Please note that everything regarding COVID-19 is developing and changing rapidly so please check here for any updates. As a reminder, Whittier continues to take the following steps: 

  • Whittier will notify a family member or HCP if a resident is showing symptoms of, is being tested for, or has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID- 19.
  • We continue to actively monitor the developing COVID-19 situation, including daily screening of our staff prior to beginning work.
  • Like other healthcare facilities in Massachusetts, we have had residents and employees test positive for COVID-19. FOR NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE A SPECIFIC WHITTIER FACILITY, PLEASE SELECT THAT FACILITY’S PAGE FROM THE NAVIGATIONAL MENU IN THE BLUE BAR AT THE TOP OF OUR WEBSITE. As protocol requires, we have been in touch with DPH and will adhere to the directives they provide. We have been following and will continue to follow existing DPH and CDC COVID-19 guidance concerning appropriate testing and, as necessary, protection and quarantine of our employees and patients. We are administering extra monitoring of all patients and staff in facilities where there is a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

If you need more information, please ask your Whittier facility-specific representative. As the situation changes, we may take additional precautionary measures. Whittier Health Network appreciates your patience and support; we are taking these steps to protect all the loved ones who have come to us for care.     

For more information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website, which is updated frequently. Here are some useful links from the CDC:  

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

Please also visit:

https://www.mass.gov/resource/information-on-the-outbreak-of-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19  

NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE WHITTIER BRADFORD TRANSITIONAL CARE UNIT

Since May 8, 2020, Bradford Transitional Care Unit has had 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, Bradford TCU has had 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in Bradford TCU. On September 23, 2020:

  • 0 residents or staff have confirmed COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment.  We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
  • 2 residents and staff have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 32 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
  • It has been 106 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

Mitigating actions that Bradford Transitional Care Unit is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include the following: altering or suspending normal operations of the facility pursuant to CMS/CDC/DPH guidelines, including limitation of visitors and social distancing and separation of residents; screening employees every shift; requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment; increasing cleaning and sanitizing, including sanitizing with Clean Republic Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant; providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette; distancing of residents; limiting residents’ movements outside their rooms; and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

Whittier Health Network performed COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at the Facility in May of 2020.

There is a nationwide shortage of PPE, however there is currently adequate PPE in this facility.

 
NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE WHITTIER WESTBOROUGH TRANSITIONAL CARE UNIT

Since May 8, 2020, Westborough Transitional Care Unit has had 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, Westborough TCU has had 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in Westborough TCU. On September 23, 2020:

  • 0 residents or staff have confirmed COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment.  We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
  • 1 residents and staff have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 41 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
  • It has been 12 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

Mitigating actions that Westborough Transitional Care Unit is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include the following: altering or suspending normal operations of the facility pursuant to CMS/CDC/DPH guidelines, including limitation of visitors and social distancing and separation of residents; screening employees every shift; requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment; increasing cleaning and sanitizing, including sanitizing with Clean Republic Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant; providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette; distancing of residents; limiting residents’ movements outside their rooms; and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

Whittier Health Network performed COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at the Facility in May of 2020.

There is a nationwide shortage of PPE, however there is currently adequate PPE in this facility.

 
NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS WITH OUR HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCY

Patients and staff are screened daily. Not one staff member has tested positive for COVID. Not one patient has had COVID while on service at WHH. 

You can be assured that each clinician who comes to your home has done everything possible to minimize the risk of exposure to you and your loved ones.

NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE HANNAH DUSTON HEALTHCARE CENTER

Since May 8, 2020, Hannah Duston Healthcare Center has had 67 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, Hannah Duston has had 1 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in Hannah Duston. On September 23, 2020:

  • 0 residents or staff have confirmed COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
  • 53 residents and staff have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 183 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
  • It has been 38 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

Mitigating actions that Hannah Duston Healthcare Center is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include the following: altering or suspending normal operations of the facility pursuant to CMS/CDC/DPH guidelines, including limitation of visitors and social distancing and separation of residents; screening employees every shift; requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment; increasing cleaning and sanitizing, including sanitizing with Clean Republic Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant; providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette; distancing of residents; limiting residents’ movements outside their rooms; and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

Whittier Health Network performed COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at the Facility in May of 2020.

There is a nationwide shortage of PPE, however there is currently adequate PPE in this facility. 

NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE MASCONOMET HEALTHCARE CENTER

Since May 8, 2020, Masconomet Healthcare Center has had 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, Masconomet has had 1 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in Masconomet. On September 23, 2020:

  • 0 residents or staff have confirmed COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
  • 66 residents and staff have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 148 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
  • It has been 48 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

Mitigating actions that Masconomet Healthcare Center is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include the following: altering or suspending normal operations of the facility pursuant to CMS/CDC/DPH guidelines, including limitation of visitors and social distancing and separation of residents; screening employees every shift; requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment; increasing cleaning and sanitizing, including sanitizing with Clean Republic Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant; providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette; distancing of residents; limiting residents’ movements outside their rooms; and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

Whittier Health Network performed COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at the Facility in May of 2020.

There is a nationwide shortage of PPE, however there is currently adequate PPE in this facility.

NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE NEMASKET HEALTHCARE CENTER

Since May 8, 2020, Nemasket Healthcare Center has had 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, Nemasket has had 1 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in Nemasket. On September 23, 2020:

    • 0 residents or staff have confirmed COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
    • 53 residents and staff have recovered from COVID-19.
    • 132 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
    • It has been 127 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

Mitigating actions that Nemasket Healthcare Center is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include the following: altering or suspending normal operations of the facility pursuant to CMS/CDC/DPH guidelines, including limitation of visitors and social distancing and separation of residents; screening employees every shift; requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment; increasing cleaning and sanitizing, including sanitizing with Clean Republic Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant; providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette; distancing of residents; limiting residents’ movements outside their rooms; and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

Whittier Health Network performed COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at the Facility in May of 2020.

There is a nationwide shortage of PPE, however there is currently adequate PPE in this facility.

NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE OAK KNOLL HEALTHCARE CENTER

Since May 8, 2020, Oak Knoll Healthcare Center has had 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, Oak Knoll has had 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in Oak Knoll. On September 23, 2020:

  • 0 residents or staff have confirmed COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
  • 73 residents and staff have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 118 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
  • It has been 70 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

Mitigating actions that Oak Knoll Healthcare Center is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include the following: altering or suspending normal operations of the facility pursuant to CMS/CDC/DPH guidelines, including limitation of visitors and social distancing and separation of residents; screening employees every shift; requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment; increasing cleaning and sanitizing, including sanitizing with Clean Republic Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant; providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette; distancing of residents; limiting residents’ movements outside their rooms; and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

Whittier Health Network performed COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at the Facility in May of 2020.

There is a nationwide shortage of PPE, however there is currently adequate PPE in this facility.

NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE PORT HEALTHCARE CENTER

Since May 8, 2020, Port Healthcare Center has had 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, Port has had 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in Port. On September 23, 2020:

  • 0 residents or staff have confirmed COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
  • 2 residents and staff have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 142 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
  • It has been 131 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

Mitigating actions that Port Healthcare Center is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include the following: altering or suspending normal operations of the facility pursuant to CMS/CDC/DPH guidelines, including limitation of visitors and social distancing and separation of residents; screening employees every shift; requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment; increasing cleaning and sanitizing, including sanitizing with Clean Republic Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant; providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette; distancing of residents; limiting residents’ movements outside their rooms; and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

Whittier Health Network performed COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at the Facility in May of 2020.

There is a nationwide shortage of PPE, however there is currently adequate PPE in this facility.

NOTIFICATIONS OF COVID-19 CONDITIONS INSIDE SIPPICAN HEALTHCARE CENTER

Since May 8, 2020, Sippican Healthcare Center has had 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19. In addition, Sippican has had 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other.

Here is a more detailed update regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 in Sippican. On September 23, 2020:

  • 0 residents or staff have confirmed COVID-19. When a resident tests positive, we notify residents and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We also follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.
  • 6 residents and staff have recovered from COVID-19.
  • 237 residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.
  • It has been 12 days since a new resident or staff member has tested positive.

Mitigating actions that Sippican Healthcare Center is taking to prevent/reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 include the following: altering or suspending normal operations of the facility pursuant to CMS/CDC/DPH guidelines, including limitation of visitors and social distancing and separation of residents; screening employees every shift; requiring employees to use PPE as indicated, including N95 and regular face masks, gowns, face shields, gloves, and droplet precautions equipment; increasing cleaning and sanitizing, including sanitizing with Clean Republic Hypochlorous Acid Disinfectant; providing new admissions with cloth masks and providing education to them on the use of the masks, hand hygiene and cough etiquette; distancing of residents; limiting residents’ movements outside their rooms; and separating COVID-19 positive residents from other residents.

Whittier Health Network performed COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at the Facility in May of 2020.

There is a nationwide shortage of PPE, however there is currently adequate PPE in this facility.