COVID-19 Update & Precautions

Effective January 2022

The well-being and protection of our patients, their loved ones and our staff has and continues to be at the center of Good Shepherd Community Care’s mission. We are continuing to actively monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to this evolving public health event. We are closely following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Because our patients and often their loved ones are at the greatest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19, we are doing everything possible to protect them.

Good Shepherd employees regularly comply with federal OSHA regulations and state guidelines concerning universal health care precautions. Our clinicians are experts in taking precautions to prevent infection and always employ practices to mitigate transmission of illness from patient to patient. In addition, the following procedures are in place:

  • Good Shepherd maintains a supply of hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for staff use.
  • 100% of Good Shepherd clinicians have been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
  • Clinicians wear either N95 or surgical masks on every visit. 
  • Clinicians wear additional PPE as indicated and always use the most protective gear, including N95 masks, when visiting patients infected with COVID-19.
  • All employees are monitoring themselves for potential COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomach pain, nasal congestion, loss of smell or taste, chills with shaking) and those with such symptoms are not permitted to visit patients until they have been cleared by a physician.
  • Employees who have been exposed to someone with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 must report this to their supervisor and may not return to work until they have been cleared by a physician.
  • Employees are encouraged to practice social distancing.
  • Good Shepherd is utilizing virtual visits when appropriate.

Please be assured that Good Shepherd is committed to keeping our patients, their loved ones and our staff healthy. If you have additional questions or concerns feel free to contact us at (617) 969-6130 or email us at

From the beginning, Good Shepherd has cared for patients with COVID disease and their loved ones providing comfort and relieving, as best we can, the loneliness of dying during a period of isolation. 

Please watch our short tribute video.