UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 21

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

 226

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 54

Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

408

BMC Employees/Providers Who Have Tested Positive:

 216

United States

746,625

Massachusetts

41,199

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NEW: Tips for Using Zoom Securely

As you may be aware, a common problem on the Zoom platform is "zoombombing.” Unfortunately, BMC has had meetings being "zoombombed." While Zoom continues to make security improvements to their products, this could be a problem for the foreseeable future.

At this time users following the established telemedicine process (either joined directly through MyChart or using waiting room function) are not at risk. Providers should continue to perform telemedicine via this process and report any possible security issues to the Service Desk at 617-414-4500.

Here are some tips for Zoom meetings to ensure that your meetings are not interrupted or attended by unknown people:

  • Change the screen sharing option to "Host Only.” If you need to have multiple people share their screen during a presentation, set the additional presenters to "co-host" and they will be able to share as well.
  • Do not post links to your meeting in public sites like the web or social media. Use direct email instead.
  • Pay attention to the list of attendees. The host or co-host(s) can mute or remove a user at any time.
  • When a higher level of confidentiality is required, make the meeting private and require a password for the attendees to enter the room.
  • As host you can also require a waiting room for your meeting where each user must wait until they are approved by a host or co-host. Be sure that you are aware of who you are letting into the room.

More tips for working at home can be found at https://www.bmc.org/covid-19-information-employees/working-remotely.

REMINDER: Guidelines for N95 Distribution and Conservation

N95 respirators continue to be distributed to staff working (continually or intermittently) in inpatient COVID-19 areas and Labor and Delivery. Please continue to wear surgical or KN masks in common areas.

  • Staff who have regular contact with COVID patients or their environment throughout the day will receive one N95 per shift.
  • Staff who have intermittent contact with COVID patients will receive one N95 per week.

See this document for more information.

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

  • 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).  We are finding ~40% of collected N95s are being rejected due to make-up and skincare products and this greatly impacts our future supply.
  • 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: 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. We can now 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.


BMC Reopens Building Sold to State to Provide Continuum of Care for Homeless COVID Patients

In record time, local and state collaboration stands up respite care for stable COVID-positive people without a safe place to quarantine.

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#HealthcareHero

“My kind, loving, and patient sister, Libby, is a nurse in the ICU at Boston Medical Center. She is truly my hero and I am in awe of her positivity and strength during this challenging time."

- Jesse, wrote about her sister, Libby Schultz, one our inspiring nurses.

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