Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

46

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

4

BMC Inpatients Under Investigation (pending + negatives treated as positives) 

5

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,028 (20 new since 2/3)

Massachusetts Cases

521,045 

Click to see the most up-to-date city, state, and national numbers: Boston | Massachusetts  | United States

NEW: BMC Community Vaccination Sites

This week, we increased vaccination access for our patients and the communities we serve by offering vaccines to all eligible Ambulatory patients scheduled for in-person or telehealth appointments. Patients can walk in or schedule an appointment in our vaccine clinics in Shapiro 5C, Crosstown, and 85 E. Concord (which is also open to the public).

In partnership with our community health centers, we opened one site in Roslindale yesterday and will soon be opening public vaccination sites in Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Dorchester. These sites will be open to all MA residents currently eligible under Phase 2 of the state plan, with a focus on Boston residents.

If you know a patient, community member, or family member who lives in Boston and is 75 or older, you can direct them to our website to book an appointment at one of the sites: https://www.bmc.org/covid-19-vaccine-locations

Public vaccination clinics, particularly in our communities, are critical to helping stop the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are honored to be a part of the efforts to increase access to those who have been most impacted by this pandemic. Thank you to everyone who worked to help us stand up these sites, as well as all our employees and LIPs who are staffing them.

UPDATED: Employee and Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP) Vaccination Updates

COVID-19 vaccines are now open to all BMC employees and LIPs, as well as all BMC HealthNet Plan employees. As of this week, approximately 73 percent (7,036 people as of Feb. 9) of BMC employees and LIPs have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 67 percent of those who have been vaccinated have received their second shot.

Vaccinations are available by appointment or through a walk-in visit 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday in the Employee Administration Clinic on the Dowling ground floor.

If you have any additional questions about the vaccine, please see our employee-specific COVID-19 vaccine page on the Hub, visit BMC.org for general vaccine information, email [email protected], or talk with your manager. Our goal is to do everything we can to address any questions you may have as you consider vaccination.

NEW: Changes to Requests for Avoiding Direct Care for COVID-19 Patients

After a year of evaluating the relevant scientific and public health information and after assessing the community standard, we have made the decision that the only individuals who will be exempt from direct care of COVID-19 patients will be those employees who are 37+ weeks into their pregnancy.

If you currently have a “special request” approval to not care for COVID-19 patients, that approval will officially end on February 21. 

If you would like to discuss consideration for an accommodation, please contact [email protected]. If you have any questions please see the updated Employee Exposure Protocol here.

NEW: Moakley B Surge Space Deactivated

The Moakley B medical-surgical overflow unit on Moakley 2 has been transitioned back to Endoscopy as of Monday, February 8. 

UPDATED: Hear from Your Colleagues About Why They Chose to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

We know that some people may still have questions and concerns about the vaccine. Visit the BMC.org COVID-19 vaccine page to hear from BMC colleagues Sandra Looby-Gordon, Sebastian Hamilton, and Rola Rabahabout, about why they decided to receive the vaccine. Please share these videos with your families, friends, and communities who may still be deciding whether or not to get vaccinated and could benefit from additional information.

UPDATED: Upcoming Fit Testing Sessions

All staff currently wearing a Gerson 2130 or 3M1860 Regular MUST be fit tested to a new mask as soon as possible.

Drop-in fit testing will be offered for any staff member who needs fit testing in the Yawkey basement conference room B on the following dates and times.

  • Thursday, February 11: 2-5 p.m.
  • Friday, February 12: 6-9 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 16: 2-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 17: 6-9 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 18: 2-5 p.m.
  • Friday, February 19: 6-9 a.m.

NEW: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) Measurement Now Available for In-house Testing at BMC

Interleukin-6 measurement is now available in-house for patients with confirmed COVID-19. This test should be used:

  • As a marker of severity of inflammation during the “cytokine storm” (symptoms of severe inflammatory response) associated with confirmed COVID-19 infection
  • As an aid in determining the risk of intubation with mechanical ventilation, in conjunction with clinical findings and other laboratory test results

The test can be ordered in Epic as “Interleukin-6 (IL-6), serum,” and tests are done Monday through Friday.