UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 17

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

 209

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 53

Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

 299

BMC Employees/Providers Who Have Tested Positive:

 187

United States

 661,712

Massachusetts

 34,402

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NEW: N95 Requirements on COVID-19 Inpatient Units

Based on new evidence and tireless work from our Supply Chain and Infection Control teams to ensure an adequate supply of N95 masks, we will extend our use of N95 masks to all staff on COVID-19 inpatient units and Labor & Delivery effective tomorrow, Saturday, April 18. All staff on the unit will receive one N95 mask per shift in addition to the surgical mask they receive when they come into the building.

To ensure that we are able to preserve our supply, it is critical that we all follow the below guidelines:

  • Only staff who cannot fit into any other mask will be approved to receive a small N95 mask. N95 small masks will be handed out individually on Menino 2A/B to staff that have been shown to have failed the universal fit test.
  • All N95 masks must be put in red recycling bins at the end of shift. 
  • Lipstick, foundation and aftershave on masks placed in recycling bins cannot properly go through the decontamination process and must be discarded. Please refrain from using these items while on service.
  • Please continue to follow the extended use policy by using the Tupperware containers to store your mask between uses.  You can find the detailed procedures on the Emergency Management COVID Hub page.

NEW: Fit Testing Availability

As part of our effort to provide front line healthcare workers with the correct N95 masks, we have been fit testing many of you over the last few weeks and as a result, we have identified alternative masks for a number of individuals. There have been a few questions about the testing and we want to reassure you that the fit testing conforms to all requirements. However, if you would like to have repeat fit testing to ensure that the fit is appropriate, you are welcome to drop in to Menino 2A/B between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. for another test. 

REMINDER: All Patients Must Wear a Mask While at BMC

All patients must wear a surgical or procedural mask (no N95 masks) while traveling through the hospital. Patients are not required to wear masks while they are in their rooms. However, Infection Control and Prevention recommends that patients wear masks when in their rooms and engaged in prolonged conversation/contact with a healthcare provider (greater than 15 minutes contact within a distance of six feet). 

NEW: Virtual Support Group for Medical Faculty Not on the Front Lines

Not being on the front lines brings its own challenges for dedicated professionals who find themselves needing to step back when they are used to stepping up. Clinicians working from home may feel intense worry for their friends and “work family,” confusion about how to help and a loss of a sense of self-efficacy, relief coupled with survivor’s guilt, a shift in parenting and family roles, financial worries, and other experiences. These feelings may be hard to talk about with others who are facing more immediate and direct dangers.

This group provides a safe space to talk about some of these feelings with colleagues who are also caring for patients, colleagues, family and others in ways different than working on the front lines.

Groups will be held:

  • Tuesday, April 21 from noon to 1 p.m., facilitated by Roopa Mathur, DO, and Karen Brouhard, LICSW: Register here
  • Thursday, April 23 from noon to 1 p.m., facilitated by Izzy Berenbaum, MD, and Karen Brouhard, LICSW: Register here

Zoom links will be sent to registered participants the morning of the event. Additional dates and times will be added if there is interest.

NEW: Virtual Cooking Classes from the Teaching Kitchen

While the Teaching Kitchen is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be hosting virtual cooking classes twice a week on Zoom. To join a class, sign up on the Teaching Kitchen website. The ingredient list and recipes can be found on the website so that you can get what you need ahead of time and cook along. You can also find the virtual cooking classes on Instagram stories every Thursday.


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