COVID-19 Resources: Healthcare
Health and Safety
Partners Healthcare has a COVID hotline that is available to anyone, regardless of immigration status or insurance. Nurses on the hotline can be reached from 8am-8pm daily. If you speak a language beyond English, hotline staff can conference in an interpreter in your first language. Please feel free to call (617) 724-7000 with your coronavirus-related questions.
Click here to see where to get testing. You can search by location, free, MassHealth and no referral required among other options.
City of Waltham, 3/13/20
If you feel that you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have testing concerns you need to contact your primary care physician who will work with the MA Department of Public Health to authorize testing. If you suspect that you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not go to your doctor's office or the ER without first calling.
Will screen patients and visitors for symptoms, travel history and exposure to potential COVID-19 cases.
If you or a member of your family has tested positive for COVID-19 and can be cared for at home, learn how to keep you and your family safe - and to avoid spreading infection to others in your household and community. Download our guide.
Sign up for the state's text alert system for urgent updates regarding COVID-19. Sign up for AlertsMA by sending COVIDMA to 888-777.
COVID-19 Multilingual Resources:
Call 211 to reach the Massachusetts State information line follow the language prompt and then select option 26 for COVID-19 information.
Nursing Home Hotline
Families with loved ones in nursing homes in Massachusetts can use this hotline to get information and resources, coordinated across state agencies. Call 9am-5pm, seven days a week.
Currently providing COVID-19 testing for patients and the surrounding community for people with symptoms, and those who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. Testing is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 12pm at their Waltham location, and in Brighton on the other weekdays. Patients do NOT need to be a Charles River patient to receive a test. Call ahead to make an appointment: 781-693-3800. See a flyer here about COVID-19 testing.
UPDATE JULY, 2020: People wishing to be tested must call first for telephone pre-screening and then make an appointment. Call 617-783-0500 (Brighton) and 781-693-3800 (Waltham). There is curbside testing in the parking lot for those in cars and on foot. For more information click here
Helps to identify and locate HRSA health centers. Designed to implement healthcare among communities where access is scarce (including several locations in Waltham).
They have developed a COVID-19 resource hub that provides a comprehensive assortment of information on how to identify and treat mental health problems that may arise in the pandemic environment, easy to use and click through.
This is a web page that addresses coronavirus induced anxiety. It provides meditations, expert advice, and recommendations on how to curb anxiety.
MassHealth will cover all coronavirus testing and treatment. MassHealth is allowing early refills and 90-day supplies of medicine. Telemedicine is covered, and telehealth services have been expanded.
If you meet MassHealth's income standard, need COVID-19 testing, and do not have health insurance, you will automatically be enrolled in MassHealth.
MassHealth will preserve coverage for all individuals who had MassHealth, Health Safety Net, or Children's Medical Security Plan, on March 18, 2020 and for all individuals approved for coverage during the COVID-19 national emergency, and for one month after the emergency period ends. Coverage will only end if an individual voluntarily withdrawals their coverage or if they are no longer a Massachusetts resident.
For individuals who have received notices that their coverage is ending after March 18, 2020, no change in coverage will occur. These individuals do not have to send in any paperwork to keep their coverage, we will take steps to ensure their coverage does not terminate. The MAhealthconnector.org online system is updated to retain a member in the benefit they were receiving on or after March 18th, 2020.
Massachusetts residents who have lost jobs and with them job-based health coverage can apply for coverage through the MA Health Connector. The Connector Care program connects qualifying Massachusetts residents with affordable health coverage with low premiums and low co-pays and no deductibles. The special enrollment period runs through May 25 to ensure that everyone who has lost or may be about to lose job-based coverage can get the help they need.
If you do not have a primary care provider, you can use Newton-Wellesley's CareFinder to learn about primary care providers who are accepting new patients. Contact the CareFinder team for help at 866-694-3627.