Please read below for today’s updates.

UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 2

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

82

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

26

BMC Employees/Providers who have tested positive:

 67

United States

213,144

Massachusetts

8,966

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

NEW: Boston Public Health Commission Guidelines for Homeless Patients

The Boston Public Health Commission has provided instructions and resources for hospitals outlining expected actions if an individual who is experiencing homelessness and under COVID investigation or awaiting testing for COVID-19 is discharged or leaves the hospital against medical advice. The guidelines are available on the Hub here as well as on bmc.org here for off-campus access.

NEW: Receive a Credit for Your Unused April Commuter Rail and MBTA Passes

For those enrolled in the MBTA Discount Program, you are able to receive a credit for your unused passes.

  • For April Commuter Rail Monthly, passes must be returned by April 10 to receive a credit to your commuter account.  Return pass to Customer Returns, PO Box 540515, Waltham, MA 02454. Credits will be applied back to the commuter account in accordance with standard processing policies and IRS regulations.
  • For MBTA - CharlieCard (PERQ), you may keep your existing Smart Card. If you do not use it for any commuter travel in the month of April, a credit will be applied to your commuter account the following month. However, if you use your Smart Card just once in the month of April, you will not be credited for any pass value.

Please contact Commuter Benefit Solutions at 888.235.9223 or www.commutercheckdirect.com with any questions.

NEW: Patient Financial Counseling Services Operations During COVID-19

The Patient Financial Counseling offices in Yawkey and Shapiro are now closed. If you have a patient who requires financial assistance for outpatient or pharmacy services, please page #4049 for assistance.

  • Assistance will be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • When paging, please include the medical record number, patient name, location/unit, and a call back number.
  • This document may be provided to a patient for future reference. 

NEW: Tips for Using Zoom Safely Amid Hacker Threats

With many employees working remotely, we have a number of new Zoom Conference users. There have been complaints nationally about “Zoom bombing,” where a hacker guesses a zoom link and takes over a meeting. Please configure the following whenever possible to avoid interruptions:

  • Make meetings private. There are two options to make a meeting private: require a meeting password or use the waiting room feature and control the admittance of guests
  • Change screen sharing to “Host Only.”

REMINDER: COVID-19 Relief Fund – Donations, Equipment and Supplies

We are grateful for the continued support from staff and friends of BMC. If you or someone you know has equipment or supplies to donate, or would like to make a donation, please visit www.bmc.org/covid19relief.  

In addition, College Hype, a local screen printing company, has created a fundraising campaign on behalf of BMC and South Shore Hospital through the sale of “Resilience 2020” apparel: https://resilience2020.us/.

Important Links and Contact Information

Command Center: 617-414-6860 (operating 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily)
Call for any needs related to COVID-19. Please note that this is only for employees.

Working Well Clinic: [email protected]
Staff and providers should use this email address to report symptoms of and possible exposure to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Information on the Hub: https://internal.bmc.org/news-events/news/where-find-information-about-covid-19-coronavirus-disease
This is our intranet and requires network access. Everything posted here related to COVID-19 is also posted on the external site listed below, including clinical guidelines, screening, testing, and PPE usage. 

COVID-19 Information on BMC.org: https://www.bmc.org/covid-19-information-employees
This is hosted on the external website and is accessible when not on the network.