UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 13

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

177

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

47

BMC Employees/Providers who have tested positive:

159

United States

554,849

Massachusetts

25,475

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NEW: PPE Guidelines for Ambulatory Staff

As of today, we are expanding use of eye protection to Ambulatory clinics. All staff caring for non-COVID patients in Ambulatory settings should be wearing PPE for “Standard Precautions Plus,” which includes gloves, face mask, and face shield. A gown should be added if contamination of staff clothing is possible from the patient or the environment. PPE guidelines for non-COVID floors and Ambulatory clinics can be found here.

The disposable face shield must be disinfected after each use and discarded at the end of each shift. When face shields are removed, they must be disinfected and stored. Staff can also use hard plastic reusable face shields that are disinfected and stored for reuse by other staff. More information about reusable face shields, including disinfection procedures, can be found on the Emergency Management COVID-19 page on the Hub.

NEW FOR CLINICIANS: Inpatient Testing Protocol

A comprehensive inpatient COVID-19 testing protocol has been added to the Emergency Management COVID-19 page on the Hub.

Ambulatory and Emergency Department staff should continue to use their current testing protocols.

REMINDER: Behavioral Health Resources for Employees

During this difficult time, we want to remind you of the wellbeing resources and support for all BMC and BUMG employees.  A list of resources available can be found on the COVID-19 Behavioral Health and Wellbeing page on the Hub and are available off-campus at https://www.bmc.org/employee-support-resources. This includes tips for recognizing and processing your emotions, as well as direct support and other resources available to employees.

UPDATE: Hotel Accommodations Now Available for All Staff Members Who Need Them

BMC has secured funding to support a number of overnight stays at hotels in close proximity to BMC at no cost to the employee/provider. At this time, we can assist any BMC staff member who needs accommodations, especially if they are worried about cohabitation or are working long hours. Special accommodations are also available for all COVID positive or suspected staff that want to be isolated.
To request accommodations, send an email to [email protected] and copy your manager, stating the following: your name, a brief description of your need, and desired dates/anticipated duration for your stay. Kelly will support your accommodation process from start to finish, and may follow up with your manager, if necessary.

NEW: Important Social Media Reminders for Patient and Staff Privacy

You may want to use social media to publicize our work or shine a light on patients and those working to help our community through this pandemic. Please keep the following in mind:

  • Social media policies still apply during an infectious disease outbreak. No employee or provider is allowed to share information about BMC patients or hospital business matters on any social media sites.
  • Employees and providers should not share personal information about their colleagues on social media.
  • Employees and providers are not permitted to provide specific medical advice on social media channels.
  • If you have a BMC story you want to highlight, work with the Communications department to obtain patient consent prior to taking pictures and prior to posting any information online. The Communications team is available if you have any questions about appropriate social media posts ([email protected] or pager 1068).