UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 9

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

176

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

45

BMC Employees/Providers who have tested positive:

 133

United States

427,460

Massachusetts

18,941

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

UPDATE: East Newton Pavilion

To support Boston residents experiencing homelessness during this crisis, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has returned control of the East Newton Pavilion to BMC in partnership with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, the Pine Street Inn, and St. Francis House. East Newton will provide shelter level of care to patients testing COVID positive to remove them from the general shelter population and blunt the spread of disease. East Newton will also serve as a recovery shelter for homeless patients discharged from BMC to allow earlier discharge and maintain flow through the hospital.

A tremendous amount of work has been done by teams across the hospital, in a very short timeframe, to prepare East Newton to welcome those in need as of this evening. THANK YOU to all those involved in this important effort.

UPDATE: Surge Planning

Yawkey 5 Medical Surgical Unit opened today in the previous ATU/NST area of OB/GYN. Thank you to all the teams involved in quickly opening this unit and increasing our capacity to meet the inpatient demand. The main phone extension is 4-7280.

To hear more about our approach to surge planning, including our predictive modeling efforts, to remain staffed and resourced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, please watch this short video series of conversations between Kate Walsh and Alastair Bell.

REMINDER: Visitor Policy for All Hospital Areas

As a reminder, to protect the health of patients and staff, we have put into place visitor restrictions throughout the hospital.

There are no visitors permitted on the inpatient units and the Emergency Department. The exceptions are OB, Pediatrics, and Labor and Delivery (primary caregivers), where one pre-approved visitor is allowed, and for compassionate end-of-life situations.

There are no visitors allowed in any Ambulatory clinic with two exceptions:

  • A parent accompanying a child who has an appointment
  • A caregiver accompanying a patient who is disabled, elderly, or otherwise needs a caregiver

If a visitor exception is approved for any area, the visitor will be screened and will not be permitted to visit if they have symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. Visitors under 18 are still prohibited from visiting any patients.

REMINDER: Hotel Accommodations for Staff and Providers

BMC has secured funding to support a number of overnight stays at hotels in close proximity to BMC at no cost to the employee/provider. At this time, we are prioritizing the use of these rooms for providers and staff who may be facing one of the following circumstances:

  1. Cohabitation Related
  • Providers and staff who cohabitate with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and remains symptomatic/quarantined
  • Providers and staff who cohabitate with someone who is immunocompromised (e.g., on immuno-suppressants, active hematologic malignancy)
  1. Work Hours Related
  • Providers and staff working long hours with minimal time between consecutive shifts

To request an accommodation, send an email to [email protected] with a copy to your manager stating the following: your name, a brief description of your need, and desired dates/anticipated duration for your stay. Kelly will support your accommodation process from start to finish, and may follow up with your manager, if necessary. Additional details can be found here.

NEW: Student Loan Repayment During Uncertain Times  

Please join Laurel Road on Tuesday, April 14 at 2 p.m. for a free webinar “Student Loan Repayment During Uncertain Times.” Learn about the federal response to COVID-19, what you should consider if you plan to refinance your private student loan, and walk through all student loan repayment options. Click here to register.