Daily COVID-19 Update: May 1, 2020
UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of May 1
BMC Total Inpatients:
BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:
|Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:||
|Staff Testing Positive Within Last 24 Hours/Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive||
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UPDATE: Employees Who Have Returned to Work After Testing COVID Positive
As of today, May 1, 253 employees have tested positive and 200 have returned to work. Welcome back to those employees and thank you for everything you are doing for our patients!
NEW: CDC Guidance on Health Care Workers Returning to Work
On April 30, the CDC updated its guidance for health care workers returning to work. As a result, we have updated our guidelines and employees with confirmed COVID-19 must wait at least 10 days after onset of symptoms before returning to work and must have at least three days (72 hours) without fever and improving respiratory symptoms.
Please review the updated “COVID19 Employee Health Response Flow Chart” (version 5) that includes this updated guidance on the COVID-19 Information for Employees section of bmc.org and on the COVID-19 page on the Hub under the Working Well Clinic. Please discard previous versions of the flow chart.
If you have any questions please email [email protected] or call 617-638-8400, Option 1.
NEW: Best Practices to Minimize Risk of Transmitting COVID-19 to Families
We know that for staff members caring for COVID-19 patients or working throughout the hospital, transmitting infections to their family members is a serious concern. You can find best practices and guidelines for minimizing risk after returning home from work on Emergency Management COVID-19 page on the Hub.
NEW: Gov. Baker Issues Face Covering Order Beginning Wednesday, May 6
Governor Charlie Baker issued an order today requiring everyone in Massachusetts wear a face covering in public — including in businesses, outdoors, or on public transportation — if they’re unable to socially distance themselves from other people. The order will go into effect Wednesday, May 6.
NEW: ILI Clinic Hours
While our ILI Clinics continue to be an important part of our efforts to manage the resources in our ED for the acutely ill, we have seen a significant decrease in volume and as such are going to adjust the clinics’ hours of operations. Effective immediately the new hours are as follows:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Last patient at 4:45 p.m.)
Saturday - Sunday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Last patient at 11:45 a.m.)
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Last patient at 3:15 p.m.)
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
UPDATED: Free Offerings for Health Care Workers
To support health care workers caring for those in need during the pandemic, companies across the country are stepping up to do what they can to help those on the frontlines. Here are a few offerings currently available:
- Dunkin’ Donuts: On May 6, health care workers can get a free donut and medium hot or iced coffee.
- Healthworks: Free virtual membership from April 1 to July 1, which includes both live and on-demand classes. Email [email protected] from your hospital email address for access.
- Cumberland Farms: Free hot or iced coffee
- The North Face: 50 percent discount on non-sale items
- ASICS sneakers: 60 percent off full-priced products
- BP and Amoco: 50 cents off per gallon for healthcare workers
- Blue Bikes: A free 30-day pass for hospital staff. Sign up here using code BUMCBLUE.
- Headspace: Free access to Headspace Plus
- Core Power Yoga: Free access to a new collection of classes every week
Parents worried about coronavirus are missing vaccination appointments — opening the door to outbreaks of a different kind
Boston Symphony Orchestra Members Play Pieces for BMC to Say Thank You
In recognition of the work BMC employees and providers are doing during this time, musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra have created a video series of short performances for BMC to say “thank you.”