Please read below for today’s updates.

UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of March 31

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

62

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

16

BMC Employees/Providers who have tested positive:

 61

United States

163,539

Massachusetts

6,620


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

REMINDER: PPE Guidance

BMC’s evidence-based guidelines for PPE remain unchanged. Please note:

  • Only where there are aerosolizing procedures is an N95 required. For all other patients with non-aerosolizing procedures, a full face shield and surgical mask is the PPE. The use of the full face shield protects the user beyond eye protection such as goggles. 
  • A productive cough is not included in the published guidelines that identify aerosolizing procedures. If clinically appropriate, a patient with a productive cough can wear a surgical mask for an additional layer of protection.

Fully adhering to these guidelines is critical for us to ensure that we have sufficient N95 masks available for aerosolizing procedures going forward.

NEW: Surgical Procedures for COVID-19

Documents and guidelines related to surgical procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak are now available on the Emergency Management COVID-19 page on the Hub and on the COVID-19 Information for Employees section on BMC.org.

NEW: Cleaning and Disinfection Product Changes

Due to COVID-19 related supply chain issues, there have been changes to our cleaning and disinfection products. Infection Prevention and Control is working with Environmental Services and Materials Management to maintain a supply of appropriate cleaning/disinfection products to maintain a safe environment for patients and staff. You can find a reference guide for products on the Emergency Management COVID-19 page on the Hub.

NEW: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Changes and Transfers Begin April

As of April 1, pediatric patients needing PICU level of care will be transferred to Boston Children’s Hospital, our partners in this effort. This includes 19-21 year olds. This will allow us to have additional flexibility to meet the increasing adult inpatient demand. The Pediatric Emergency Department and the Pediatric Inpatient Unit continue to remain open at BMC.

REMINDER: Behavioral Health Resources for Employees

It is normal to experience stress and anxiety during this rapidly evolving COVID-19. It’s critical that all employees take the time to check in with how they’re feeling and be sure to care for themselves.

A list of resources available for all employees can be found on the COVID-19 Behavioral Health and Wellbeing page on the Hub and are available off-campus at https://www.bmc.org/employee-support-resources. This includes tips for recognizing and processing your emotions, as well as direct support and other resources available to employees, such as Doctor on Demand for both mental health and urgent care.

In addition, 24/7 real-time psychological first aid support can now be reached by pager at #5804 or email at [email protected]. Pages will be returned within 30 minutes by an on-call licensed clinician who understands the hospital environment. The email address can be used to schedule a time to speak with someone by phone or Zoom.

Important Links and Contact Information

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.