Monitoring Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Outpatient Locations Status

 

COVID-19 Donation Guide
 


Lawrence General Hospital has remained committed to safely caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the public health crisis, and as we start to resume elective procedures in accordance with the four-phase guidance issued to hospitals by Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services, our priority continues to be the health and safety of patients and staff.

In the coming weeks, we will continue following stringent infection prevention processes and implementing specific precautions to ensure a safe environment for essential patient care services. Here are some of the new changes you'll see on your next visit to Lawrence General Hospital:

  • Use of masks and face coverings by everyone in the hospital
  • Screening of possible COVID-19 symptoms for all incoming patients
  • Separate care zones for COVID and non-COVID care
  • Social distancing measures and visual prompts in reception areas and throughout the hospital
  • Frequent cleanings and thorough disinfecting
  • Limited visitor policy and expanded time between scheduled appointments
  • Receptionist uses protective gloves to receive identification and insurance cards before removing gloves and using hand sanitizer

With so much attention on COVID-19 in recent months, many people are understandably reluctant to go out in public. We hope these new proactive measures and our continued commitment to safety give you peace of mind knowing Lawrence General Hospital is prepared to safely meet your health care needs.

It is critically important you do not delay urgent care needs. If you have an emergency, we are here for you. If you're having a baby, we are here for you. If you need urgent surgery, we continue to be here for you. We are also urging patients to reach out to their care teams to ask questions and discuss treatment options including TeleVisits, especially if they have an ongoing or chronic condition.

The process of receiving care may look different, but one thing that will never change is Lawrence General Hospital's commitment to meeting the wide-ranging health care needs of Merrimack Valley.

Learn more about our proactive “Safe, Ready and Strong” efforts to keep you safe.

Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center Now Open

Lawrence General's nine-lane drive-through testing site is located off Canal Street in City Lot #8. For GPS, please use 70 General Street, Lawrence, MA and follow directional signage upon arrival. The site is open Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5 pm. Weekend and holiday hours will be limited.

Expanded Testing (Updated June 16)

If you are experiencing any of the common COVID-19 symptoms listed below or have been in close contact with an individual that has recently tested positive for COVID-19, you are eligible for testing at the the Lawrence Community COVID-19 Testing Center with or without an appointment. Testing is fully covered by insurance and test results are communicated to patients in a timely manner. There is no age requirement for testing.

We recommend calling the COVID-19 Community Screening Line at 978-946-8409 to pre-register, which helps speed up the process, or you can drive up to the COVID-19 Testing Center off Canal Street in Lawrence, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm and our testing team will guide you through the drive-through registration and testing process when you arrive.

A physician order is required, but if you are unable to get an order from your physician or do not have a primary care physician, please call the COVID-19 Community Screening Line at 978-946-8409 for assistance.

Common COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Fever
  • New sore throat
  • New cough
  • New runny nose or nasal congestion
  • New muscle aches
  • New shortness of breath
  • New loss of smell

Continued Testing:

Lawrence General will also continue drive-through testing that was previously performed on Prospect Street. This testing will continue to include:
  • Pre-procedure testing for patients scheduled for Surgery, C-sections, Inductions, and certain Cardiac & Imaging Procedures at Lawrence General Hospital or Orchard Surgical Center.

Residents of any city/town in the following categories:

  • Health care facility workers with symptoms
  • First responders with symptoms
  • Patients 65 years of age and older with symptoms
  • Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms
  • Homeless individuals
  • Individuals referred through official contact tracing
  • The above testing will be open Monday – Friday from 9 am – 5 pm, limited hours on weekends and holidays.

Mobile Testing Unit

As a convenience for Lawrence residents and patients of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, the City of Lawrence is coordinating COVID-19 testing at several different locations within Lawrence. Confirmed dates, times, and locations are available in the chart below.

Date Elders Housing
7-2-20
9 am - 4:30 pm
Stadium Plaza
179 Osgood Street
7-3-20
8:30 am - 12 pm

Essex Towers
45 Franklin Street

7-6-20
1 - 4:30 pm
Mary Immaculate
193 Maple Street Parking Lot
7-7-20
1 - 4:30 pm
Elm Towers
353 Elm Street
7-9-20
1 - 4:30 pm
Valebrook
11 Summer Street
7-10-20
8:30 am - 12 pm
65 Union
65 Union Street
7-13-20
1 - 4:30 pm
Brunswick House
198 Essex Street
7-14-20
1 - 4:30 pm
Rita Hall
490 Hampshire Hall
7-16-20
1 - 4:30 pm
Arlington Park
355 Park Street
7-17-20
8:30 am - 12 pm
Salem Street
315-345 Salem Street
  • Lawrence residents of all ages
  • No requirement to have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus
  • No need to have a doctor's order
  • No health insurance - Uninsured patients are welcome

Community Screening Line

Lawrence General Hospital has a COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019) community screening resource where patients, families, and providers in the community can obtain an assessment of their COVID-19 risk, possible need for testing, and recommendations for next steps. Please call 978-946-8409 before coming to the Emergency Center to avoid risk of spreading COVID-19 if you contract symptoms.

Visitor Policy (Updated June 26)

Limited Visiting Hours: 12 – 2 pm and 4 – 6 pm Daily

  • Visitors are not permitted to visit a COVID-positive patient unless the patient is end of life.
  • People waiting to visit a patient should wait outside and not in hospital waiting rooms.
  • Visitors under age 18 are not permitted.
  • Visitors must be screened for possible COVID-19 infection.
  • Each non COVID-19 patient will be allowed one adult visitor over the age of 18 and permitted, if needed, for a 30-minute increment. The visitor will remain the same person throughout the duration of a patient’s admission.
  • Each End of Life COVID-19 negative patient will be allowed two adult visitors over the age of 18 and permitted for a 60-minute increment. The visitors will remain the same persons throughout the duration of the patient’s admission.

To Enter:

  • Screening completed by hospital personnel
  • Mask covering nose and mouth
  • Hand sanitizer applied

Lawrence General routinely conducts reviews around our preparedness for coronavirus and have put in place safety protocols based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

On Campus Shuttle Service

As a precautionary social distancing measure, the hospital is temporarily suspending all shuttle services as of Monday, March 16. This includes shuttle rides for visitors, patients, and staff from the parking lots and to Marston and Canal Street.