Please read below for today’s updates.

UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 2

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

112

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

29

BMC Employees/Providers who have tested positive:

 75

United States

239,279

Massachusetts

10,402

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

UPDATE: Surgical Masks

We are now using different brands of surgical masks. Therefore, some may have different colors on the sides (blue vs. white), but all masks distributed to staff by BMC have been tested and approved by our Infection Control team. 

NEW: Pediatric Inpatient Transitioning to Adult Unit

As part of our surge planning, we have temporarily transitioned our pediatric inpatient unit to an adult unit, and will be transferring pediatric patients who need acute care to Boston Children’s Hospital.  This will allow us to have additional flexibility to meet the increasing adult inpatient demand. An adult COVID team began staffing the unit today. Our Pedi ED will remain open.

NEW: Updated Epic Functionality Related to COVID-19

We continue to make updates to Epic to support your needs. Recent modifications include:

  • Epic access: Access to ED and inpatient contexts in Epic expanded to all physicians and APPs.
  • Patient communication: Expanded use of iPads for communication with patients in isolation on the inpatient floors and ICUs. Tip sheets for use can be found here.
  • Ordering and viewing COVID-19 related data: New order sets/panels to facilitate admission, testing and treatment in the ED and inpatient areas.
  • Viewing external results: Results from testing done at organizations on Epic can be seen in Care Everywhere. Results from testing done elsewhere can be entered through enter/edit results.
  • Telephone visits: There have been many updates to the tip sheets for telephone visits.
  • Telemedicine visits: As of April 6, our telemedicine offering will include video visits.
  • Information for patients with SDOH needs: To support patients who are experiencing financial hardship, the THRIVE Team is maintaining a new smartphrase .THRIVECOVID19

As new tools are developed they will be available on the Hub here. If you have any technical problems, please enter a ticket with the IT Service Desk. You can call 617-414-4500 or enter a ticket online:

UPDATED: Visitor Policy for Patients at End of Life/p>

BMC’s visitor policy has been updated to include specific policies for visitors to patients at end of life.

  • Patients who are felt to be in the final hours of their life or immediately prior to the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment will be afforded the opportunity to be visited by their loved ones.
  • A patient at end of life may have multiple visitors in series, but no more than one at a time.
  • No one with a fever or signs and symptoms of COVID-19 will be allowed to visit.
  • Efforts will be made to support remote electronic visual communication.
  • This should be a shared decision by the visitor and the team weighing the risks and benefits of each choice.

#BMCProud - BMC Receives an Outpouring of Encouragement and Support Online

In times like these, it feels good to hear that all of the work we’re doing – here at the hospital or while working remotely from home – is appreciated. Patients, families, visitors, and supporters (including Lizzo and Rob Gronkowski!) have reached out to BMC to share donations and words of gratitude and hope as we rally to combat this virus and prepare for the imminent surge in cases.

Follow this link to see some of our top comments. Please continue to share words of encouragement on your social media channels using the hashtag #BMCProud, and remember to follow BMC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

REMINDER: Protecting Yourself Against Email Scams

The FBI and local police departments are reporting a number of scams that are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links claiming to provide information on the virus, donating to a charity online or through social media, contributing to a crowdfunding campaign, purchasing products online, or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. For up to date information about current scams, please visit www.consumer.ftc.gov.

Be on the lookout for the following:

  • Fake CDC Emails - Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide.
  • Stimulus Check Phishing Emails - Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. Government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information.