UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 18

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

 215

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 55

Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

 353

BMC Employees/Providers Who Have Tested Positive:

 195

United States

 690,714

Massachusetts

 34,402 *as of 4/17/20

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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 today, 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 recycling bins at the end of shift.
  • Staff MUST refrain from using make-up (lipstick, foundation) and skincare products (face cream, aftershave). Collected N95s that have make-up and skincare products have to be discarded.
  • 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.

REMINDER: Fit Testing Availability

In an effort to provide frontline healthcare workers with the correct N95 masks, we have been fit testing many of you over the last few weeks.  As a result, we have identified alternative masks for a number of individuals. We recognize there have been questions about fit testing and want to reiterate that the fit testing conforms to all requirements. However, if you have concerns about your mask’s fit, you are welcome to drop in to Menino 2A/B to speak to a fit testing supervisor.


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