UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 23

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

 209

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 55

Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

477

BMC Employees/Providers Who Have Tested Positive:

 221

United States

828,441

Massachusetts

46,023

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REMINDER: Disposable Face Shields for Single Shift Use Only

Please remember that the disposable face shields (any face shield that includes foam) is intended for single shift use ONLY. They can be reused by a single healthcare worker during a shift, but should be disposed of at the end of the day.

UPDATE: Donated Lunch Distribution    

In order to comply with physical distancing requirements and to protect the health of all staff, we will be not be distributing the donated lunches in the lobby going forward. Our plan is to distribute the lunches to different departments each day starting on Monday, April 27. We will also be distributing meals at night and on the weekends in the coming weeks. Our goal is to provide the donated food to as many departments and people as possible in the coming days.

NEW: Clinical Staff Need for COVID Recuperation Unit at East Newton Pavilion

We are looking for staff from non-ICU and inpatient areas who are interested in working at our COVID Recuperation Unit (CRU) at East Newton. The CRU is caring for homeless patients testing COVID positive to remove them from the general shelter population and blunt the spread of disease. The CRU will also serve as a recovery shelter for homeless patients discharged from BMC to allow earlier discharge and maintain flow through the hospital.

Although we are in need for staff in all roles and shifts, we have a particular need for RNs, medical assistants and operations staff for overnight and weekend shifts at the CRU. We would appreciate you sharing these opportunities within your personal network. 

Any interested BMC staff and external candidates should email [email protected]

REMINDER: Creating a Safe Work Station Is Key to Ensuring Privacy and Confidentiality

As many of us continue to work remotely, please take the following steps to safeguard the privacy and confidentiality of our PHI and PI and BMC confidential information. Even though having a dedicated workspace separate from other areas in your home may not be completely feasible, please take note of the following guidelines to make your workspace as secure as possible:

  • Your screen is not visible to anyone else in your home. Lock your computer when you step away from it.
  • Ensure that any work-related printed materials are not visible to anyone else.
  • No one else can hear your work-related conversations. If possible, use a headset that includes a microphone instead of using a speakerphone. Always mute it when you’re not speaking.
  • If you are using your own personal computer or laptop (not issued by BMC), please enable password protection for logging in.
  • If you share a personal computer or laptop with a family member, you must log off from your BMC account and network before your family member uses the computer or laptop.
  • Do not use USB or other storage devices unless they have been issued and properly encrypted by BMC.
  • Do not email any PHI, PI, or BMC confidential information to your own or anyone else’s personal email.
  • Try to have sufficient lighting, ventilation, and proper seating to reduce neck pain, back pain, headaches, or eyestrain.

Take steps to secure your home network using the tips found here - https://staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/securing-key-accounts-devices/securing-home-network/


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