COVID-19 Update & Precautions (effective 4/2/20)

The well-being and protection of our patients, their loved ones and our staff has been 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. In addition, the following procedures are in place: 

  • All Good Shepherd employees are currently working remotely.
  • Good Shepherd maintains a supply of hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for staff use. All Good Shepherd clinicians are wearing surgical masks for all patient visits. When caring for patients with confirmed or presumed COVID 19 infection Good Shepherd staff are wearing N95 Respirator in addition to other PPE. 
  • All employees are monitoring themselves for symptoms of Upper Respiratory Infection (URI) (fever, cough, SOB, sore throat, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or severe stomach pain and or new loss of smell) 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 instructed to practice social distancing and to limit in person interactions as much as possible. 
  • Good Shepherd is utilizing virtual visits whenever possible. 
  • Visits to patients in facilities are reduced to “essential personnel” as outlined by individual facility protocols and in compliance with department of public health guidelines.
  • All in-person direct service volunteer visits are suspended until further notice. 

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 

How You Can Help

Thank you for your interest in helping Good Shepherd Community Care during this trying time.

We are currently graciously accepting donations of the following items: gloves, gowns, goggles (any kind), N95 masks, surgical masks, elastic for masks, hand sanitizer, surface wipes, lab coats, face shields, shoe covers, medical caps of all types. 

We are also urgently requesting volunteers to sew and donate cotton fabric masks.

All donations can either be mailed to or dropped off at Good Shepherd on Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm. We are located at 90 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459. Note this is our organization's administrative office; there are no patients on-site.

For more information, please click below for our Fabric Mask Guidelines.