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April 5, 2020
McLean Hospital and our Partners HealthCare affiliates have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and public health officials to ensure that our patients and their families, staff, and community stay safe.
We are dedicated to continuing to provide the highest-quality mental health care in the face of COVID-19. To do this safely, we have been implementing new policies and procedures. This includes developing a new visitor policy, increasing housekeeping services to ensure surfaces are cleaned and disinfected several times a day, incorporating the use of masks and other personal protective equipment when appropriate, and practicing physical distancing. Please note that these policies and procedures may be further updated as the situation changes.
To protect our patients, staff, and community, we have updated our visitor policy. Effective, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, we will no longer allow routine visitors/patient attendants into our facilities for the foreseeable future. We understand how important family and friends are to patient care, so there will be exceptions. If you would like to visit a patient, please call the patient’s program to discuss these exceptions before you head out the door.
As a reminder, all visitors must be over 18 years of age and healthy. Visitors in any clinical setting will be supplied with a procedural or surgical mask, which must be worn.
Visitors may be screened for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, or sore throat. Visitors will also be encouraged to remain six feet away from patients at all times and wash or sanitize their hands before visiting a patient room.
Please read our full COVID-19 visitor policy.
It is important to take precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.
Here are some tips:
Up-to-date information about COVID-19, including situation updates and travel guidance, can be found by visiting the following websites:
Worrying about catching an infectious disease, the coronavirus or otherwise, while taking care of your family, can be a stressful time. McLean’s Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD, Kathryn D. Boger, PhD, ABPP, and Marni Chanoff, MD, share ways to keep you and your family feeling mentally balanced and safe in your household during an uncertain time. Read their 5 ways to reduce anxiety or the full article.
Learn more on our COVID-19 mental health resources page.
You may find it helpful to visit our COVID-19 Resources for Patients page to find the latest information for updated patient policies and procedures.