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In these unprecedented times, the safety and well-being of our patients, community, and healthcare providers our priorities.

Please know the information on this site could change at any time as developments occur and new information becomes available.

A Message from our CEO

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please contact your primary care provider:

  1. Have a fever about 100.4 within the past 24 hours
  2. Have a cough
  3. Have shortness of breath

Additionally, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Mildly ill patients should be encouraged to stay home and contact their primary care provider by phone for guidance on clinical care.
  • Patients who have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing should seek care immediately.
  • Older patients and individuals who have underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their physicians early in the course of mild illness.

Telemedicine Now Available

Many of our providers are pleased to offer the convenience of telemedicine, by phone call or video chat, for non-urgent appointments.

If you have any concerns or questions about COVID-19, please contact your provider’s office for further guidance.

How to Protect Yourself

  • Rigorous and frequent hand-washing lasting more than 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching face, eyes, nose and mouth
  • Adhere to social distancing maintaining a 6-foot distance from others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

Learn more about how COVID-19 spreads and how to protect others at

Community Hotline – 781-979-3838

An informational hotline has for the community has been established, please call 781-979-3838. You may call with general, non-urgent questions at any time.

If you are experiencing any of the following criteria, please call your primary care provider for further guidance:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • A known exposure to someone with COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
  • Have recently traveled to areas with COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Patients who have severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing should seek care immediately.

For information about COVID-19 in Massachusetts, please visit or call 2-1-1.

Learn about your protections during COVID-19, publications in multiple languages are from the Attorney General’s Office.

Don’t Delay Care

We are here and prepared to care for all your needs safely.



Elective Surgeries and Outpatient Visits Temporarily Postponed

For the continued protection of patients, staff and the community, as well as to preserve sufficient resources as the country grapples with demands on supplies, we are canceling all elective, non-urgent procedures. Talk with your provider about any concerns.

Urgent Care in Reading Temporarily Closed

Please be advised that our Urgent Care in Reading will be temporarily suspending services as of 7 p.m. on March 16, 2020, until further notice.

Our urgent care is staffed by the same highly skilled providers that treat patients at the MelroseWakefield Hospital Emergency Department.  With the increased volume at the hospital, our clinical leadership made the decision to redeploy those providers to the emergency department.

For urgent care services, please visit Urgent Care at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, located at 170 Governors Avenue. Open from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. every day and for your convenience, you can reserve a spot online at

Restrictions of Visitors to the Hospitals

We are taking extra precautions to protect our patients, staff, and visitors. We are currently limiting all visitors to MelroseWakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford. Exceptions are only made in advance in coordination with the care team.

Community Help Project

MelroseWakefield Healthcare is grateful for the overwhelming outreach by our community friends, businesses, schools, families and colleagues who have asked how can they help and support our healthcare providers during this time.

Our hospitals are in need of supplies to manage anticipated increased patient needs. If you are in a position to donate any of the following, it is greatly appreciated. We can provide you with an in-kind donation form.


Additional Resources to Help You During this Time

To help you during these unprecedented times, we have compiled these links from trusted resources to keep you informed.

General Information on COVID-19

Helping Children Cope and How to Talk to Them About COVID-19

Mental Well-Being

If you have additional general and non-urgent questions about COVID-19, please call our community hotline at 781-979-3838.

If you feel ill, please call your primary care provider for further guidance.

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