COVID-19 Update April 17

COVID-19 testing Roslindale
April 17, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has brought extraordinary challenges and also an extraordinary response from the Roslindale community.  Public health agencies, elected officials, health care providers, and community leaders have been tirelessly working together to protect our neighborhoods.  Local businesses and individuals are stepping up to help however they can.  The Greater Roslindale Medical & Dental Center is proud to be a partner and provide medical care and support to our community during this unprecedented time.

At GRMDC, we have greeters at our entrance screening all patients, visitors, and vendors for possible illness.  We have divided the health center into separate clinical spaces.  We have a specific area for patients who exhibit flu/COVID 19/upper respiratory symptoms.  This minimizes potential exposure of patients and staff.  All other patients who need to be seen with other health issues will go to another clinical area where their health issues can be addressed.

Our staff are wearing masks and gowns and other personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate and are practicing strict hand washing and hygiene.

GRMDC is converting many appointments to telehealth visits.  This enables medical care over the phone so patients can stay safe at home.  Video conferencing is also available.  Patients and providers are adapting well to this new telemedicine program.

GRMDC is also providing COVID-19 testing for patients who meet the testing criteria.  We have set up a triage tent in our receiving driveway and have established a drive-thru protocol to safely and efficiently test patients right from their car.

Do you need to schedule a telemedicine appointment with your primary care provider? Did you miss an appointment that needs to be rescheduled? If so, call 617-323-4440 to schedule a telemedicine appointment. This is especially important if you have a chronic or a behavioral health condition. You should be treated if needed, especially during this public health crisis.

GRMDC recommends you follow the CDC's guildelines to wear a cloth covering over your mouth and nose "in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure."

We encourage you to stay home if you can, stay safe, and please practice social distancing.