Daily COVID-19 Update: April 30, 2020
UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 30
BMC Total Inpatients:
BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:
|Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:||
672* as of 4/29/20
BMC Employees/Providers Who Have Tested Positive:
NEW: Updates on COVID-19 Research at BMC
We are proud to announce that BMC has been selected to be a site for two new Gates Foundation funded randomized clinical COVID-19 trials for outpatients. The first study will be enrolling household contacts of people who have recently been tested for COVID-19. Guidelines for the first study are below:
- Participants can sign up for the study themselves or by clinician referral.
- Enrollment must take place within four days of the positive test.
- The study takes place remotely, and includes a call with a research assistant, a call with a health provider, and study materials delivered and picked up by courier.
- Financial incentives will be given.
For more information or to enroll yourself or a patient, visit the study website. Information on the second study will be coming soon.
There are a number of other active clinical trials in which we are enrolling patients, including:
- A Phase 3 trial, CAN-COVID, studying canakinumab, which is an IL-1 inhibitor
- Tocilizumab (TOCI), an IL-6 inhibitor
- Several antiviral drug studies, including remdesivir and XPORT, in which selinexor is being evaluated
- Numerous non-pharmacologic trials.
REMINDER: Interpreter Services Available for Remote Coverage
The Interpreter Services Department is currently offering remote services to inpatient areas and outpatient clinics – including televisits – to assist with patient communication and interaction. BMC interpreters can assist you via Zoom, Doximity, or a regular phone call. Please provide the interpreter with the Zoom ID meeting number and the interpreter will join via audio or video.
To request an interpreter:
- Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Call 617-414-5549 and press option 3. State the language you need, and provide the interpreter with the MRN, patient’s phone number, and a call back number.
- After hours and weekends: Page our interpreters for Spanish (#1313), Haitian Creole/French (#1288) or Portuguese/Cape Verdean (#1310). For all other languages, Call 617-414-5549 and press option 2.
For full details of how to request an interpreter, please see this document.
REMINDER: Important Infection Control Tips and Information
While we care for our patients, it is critical that we all take steps to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe. Thank you for continuing to follow the guidelines below:
- If you work in an area where you must be close to your colleagues, keep your mask on at all times.
- Clean ALL of your work spaces (WOWs, desks, phones) constantly. See BMC policies and guidelines for:
- If you are changing your scrubs, please do so in a designated area (e.g. a bathroom), and not a public space like a break room.
- Limit the number of those in an elevator to four at a time.
- We know the parking garage lobby is small, but please help us by limiting the number of people in the parking garage lobby to six at a time.
- Show your colleagues how much you care about them by using appropriate physical distancing when waiting to pick up your mask and when in break rooms or office space.
Work from the Hematology Oncology Team Leads to COVID-19 Trial Protocols
April 22: Matthew Kulke, MD, chief of hematology and medical oncology, shares with Kate Walsh how department collaboration and brainstorming has led to several trial protocols for treating COVID-19.
Emotional Proposal Outside BMC
Last week, when a young medical student experienced a seizure/heart issue in his sleep, his longtime girlfriend was by his side to administer CPR and later accompany him to BMC - where he spent three days in the ICU. He partnered with ICU nurses to plan a surprise marriage proposal for the day he became well enough for discharge.