UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 28

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

 207

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 53

Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

 643

BMC Employees/Providers Who Have Tested Positive:

 243

United States

981,246

Massachusetts

58,302

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

NEW: Massachusetts Stay-at-Home Advisory Extended

Governor Baker has extended the stay-at-home advisory and closure of non-essential businesses to May 18. The state order banning gatherings of 10 people or more has also been extended until May 18.

NEW: eMERGE (Epic) Updates Related to COVID-19

We continue to make updates to Epic to support your needs. There will be additional updates as we develop new tools, and they will be available on eMERGE COVID-19 announcements page on the Hub.

  • Updates to COVID-19 order panels: Follow guidance in the updated order panels about whom to test and which order to place based on the patient’s clinical condition and location of care.
  • COVID-19 antibody testing: Serum COVID-19 IgG antibody testing is now available for inpatients with suspected COVID-19, a negative PCR, and who are at least 11 days since symptom onset.
  • COVID-19 treatment options: There have been updates to treatment recommendations and VTE prophylaxis for COVID-19 patients, detailed in emails sent by Dr. Ravin Davidoff last week.
  • COVID convalescent plasma: Can be ordered in Epic by searching for COVID convalescent plasma after gaining approval from and coordinating FDA submission with the Blood Bank.
  • Assessing probability of COVID-19 infection: Inpatient and ED attendings should assess the probability of COVID-19 infection for all patients undergoing COVID-19 testing, prior to the test resulting. A tip sheet can be found here.
  • Care Everywhere results in the COVID0-19 banner: External results will appear on the COVID-19 banner and in Results Review. If the banner is be triggered but does not indicate any clinical information, please go to Results Review to find a Care Everywhere result.
  • Updates to workflows to support telemedicine:
    • You can now send attachments to patients via MyChart. A tip sheet can be found here.
    • Telemedicine encounters automatically route to the general PCP in the patient header as long as that provider is using Epic.
    • Please use the scheduled telemedicine visit in your schedule. If that is not possible, then you can use the telemedicine on the fly encounter.

If you have any technical problems or suggestions, please enter a ticket with the IT Service Desk. Although you can call 617-414-4500, you may find it faster to enter the ticket directly online:

NEW: Refresh Station for Night-Shift Employees Thursday, April 29

In recognition of everyone’s tireless efforts on behalf of our patients and each other, the “refresh station,” sponsored by the HR department, will be available for employees on the balcony of the Menino lobby tomorrow, April 29, from 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. All staff are welcome to come through the station (which will be set up with appropriate social distancing) for a quick break and to grab a treat.


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