At Shriners Hospitals for Children, the health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and staff is our top priority. With the rapidly evolving situation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring updates and alerts from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and are actively following their recommendations.

Please note that Shriners Hospitals for Children does not administer COVID-19 testing or treatment at this time. If your child has an upcoming appointment and you or your child are exhibiting a cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath or flu like symptoms, please contact your local Shriners Hospitals for Children location to reschedule the appointment.

For the latest updates about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

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COVID-19 (coronavirus): What to expect at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston

The health and safety of our patients, families, volunteers and employees is our highest priority at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston. Our administrative and medical staff are working closely with public health and emergency preparedness officials as we manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have implemented new screening and visitor protocols to protect our hospital family, which will remain in effect until further notice.

  • The Boston Shriners Hospital is not allowing visitors other than to visit patients at this time. Additionally, we are limiting visitors to one per patient.
  • All visitors are being screened for the following symptoms when they arrive at the hospital:
    • Fever.
    • Cough.
    • Shortness of breath.
    • Recent close contact with a COVID-19 patient.
    • Recent travel to an area where COVID-19 is active.
  • We are working with families to reschedule outpatient appointments.
  • All elective surgeries have been postponed until further notice.
  • If you have any questions regarding your child’s care, please call our main hospital line at 617-722-3000 and our operator will direct your call to the appropriate staff member.
  • All public events at the Boston Shriners Hospital have been postponed until further notice. This includes Hospital Days, visits from our therapy dogs and any other groups scheduled to visit.
  • All hospital tours have been suspended.
  • The Blossom Café is open only to patients, families and staff. All meals are being served as “take out” due to the Governor’s directive prohibiting dine-in service at eating establishments statewide.

Our environmental services, housekeeping and maintenance staff are sanitizing high touch areas multiple times a day. Please do your part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's steps to prevent illness.

Please keep yourself educated because this is a rapidly evolving situation. Follow updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

The Boston Shriners Hospital is continually monitoring issues surrounding COVID-19, and these protocols are subject to change pending additional information.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.