UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 7

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

160

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

37

BMC Employees/Providers who have tested positive:

 112

United States

395,011

Massachusetts

16,790

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

NEW: N95 Conservation Guidelines

BMC is likely to continue to face a constrained supply of N95s going forward, and we will need to manage our usage carefully. In order to conserve our supply, while protecting all our healthcare workers (HCW), we are implementing the following:

  • N95 re-use: All HCWs providing care on COVID+ ICU, in the ED, or conducting aerosolizing procedures will be issued one N95 respirator per shift and a Tupperware container, which should be used to store the N95 between use, following the prescribed procedures. These procedures can be found on the Emergency Management COVID Hub page. Tupperware containers should be disinfected at the end of a shift. 
  • N95 collection for reprocessing: BMC, as well as other area hospitals including MGH, BWH, and Tufts, has contracted with Battelle to perform sterilization on N95s with vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP), which has been validated and FDA-approved. All N95s that have been used should be placed at the end of a shift into marked N95 recycle bins for reprocessing. Our current collection rate is less than 25% of what is distributed, and we are targeting 80%+. 
  • Make-up/skincare products: N95s that are soiled or damaged will be discarded prior to decontamination. Therefore we ask that HCWs refrain from wearing makeup or skin care products (specifically lipstick, foundation, concealer, or aftershave) that would compromise the integrity of the decontamination process and diminish the hospital supply of N95s.

NEW for Physicians: MICU Best Practices and ICU Toolkit

BMC critical care physicians have created a COVID-19 ICU Toolkit and MICU best practices page to aid physicians who may now have to care for critically ill patients. These are posted on the Emergency Management COVID page and are accessible off-campus here: https://www.bmc.org/covid-19-information-employees/screening-and-testing.

NEW: Important Information from the City of Boston

Transportation

  • All parking tickets will be waived for healthcare workers, with the exception of emergency regulations such as parking in front of a hydrant or in a handicap space without a placard. This applies retroactively and will continue through the state of emergency. Healthcare workers can email copies of their ticket along with their employee ID to [email protected]
  • BlueBikes is offering a free 30-day pass to hospital staff. You can sign up here.
  • The City has created maps on their website to help hospital staff find municipal lots, as well as garages near them with free, reduced, or reserved spaces. Additional info can be found on the City of Boston website.

Housing Support

  • The City of Boston has identified at least $3 million in City and federal funds that can be repurposed quickly to help tenants who can’t make their rent. This money will be targeted to households that have lost income due to the crisis, and who do not qualify for enough federal relief or unemployment benefits to make it up. The Office of Housing Stability will use its existing networks to get this help to where it’s needed, quickly and fairly. Email [email protected] to learn more or apply at boston.gov/rental-relief
  • The Mayor has expressed his support of state legislation that will stop evictions and foreclosures throughout the state of emergency.

Municipal Bills

  • The City of Boston has extended the due date for property tax bills in Boston until June 1 to give residents more flexibility during this crisis. Property tax bills were previously due May 1. 
  • The City of Boston is also waiving interest on late property tax and motor vehicle excise tax payments until June 30.

NEW: Help with Retirement Plan Investing

Employees who are concerned about what, if any, actions to take due to the Covid-19 caused market volatility and its impact on their retirement accounts, may request a 1:1 investment advice and retirement planning sessions from TIAA. The sessions are being held by phone or video conference with a shared screen. To schedule a session call TIAA at 800-410-6649.

Important Links and Contact Numbers

Command Center: 617-414-6860 (operating 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily)
Call for any needs related to COVID-19. Please note that this is only for employees.

Working Well Clinic: [email protected]
Staff and providers should use this email address to report symptoms of and possible exposure to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Information on the Hub: https://internal.bmc.org/news-events/news/where-find-information-about-covid-19-coronavirus-disease
This is our intranet and requires network access. Everything posted here related to COVID-19 is also posted on the external site listed below, including clinical guidelines, screening, testing, and PPE usage. 

COVID-19 Information on BMC.org: https://www.bmc.org/covid-19-information-employees
This is hosted on the external website and is accessible when not on the network.