Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases

% of BMC Census

BMC Total Inpatients:

 38

 11.6%

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 16

 27.5%
Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

 1,087

 
Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive  296 (2 new since 5/27)  

Massachusetts

95,512  

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BMC is continuing to care for patients with medically necessary or time sensitive conditions in our ambulatory practices and operating and procedure rooms, as well as plan for the future. With this will come more patients and staff on BMC’s campus. It is important that we set the example to protect ourselves and our patients by adhering to physical distancing rules and appropriate mask use.

As our rebound work continues, this communication will evolve to focus more broadly on clinical and operations updates. This will continue to include important and timely updates related to COVID-19, as well as our efforts to prepare the hospital and clinics for caring for more non-COVID patients.

NEW: Patient and Staff Building Access

As of Monday, June 1, there will be changes to how both patients and staff enter and move around the hospital:

  • Yawkey lobby will be reopened as a patient entrance only for patients going to Yawkey and Dowling. Moakley building patients should enter through the Moakley lobby.
  • Staff members should enter through the Menino lobby for access to Menino, Moakley, Yawkey, and Dowling.
  • Staff members should take the staff elevators in each building to help prevent overcrowding in patient elevators with a maximum of 4 people per elevator at a time.

NEW: ILI, Employee COVID Clinic, and COVID Testing Center Relocating

On June 1, the Influenza Like Illness Clinic (ILI), Employee COVID Clinic, and COVID Testing Center will be moved to new locations:

  • The ILI and Employee COVID Clinic will be located on the ground floor of the Crosstown building. They will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ILI accepts walk in patients, but all employees must have an appointment arranged by the Working Well Clinic.
  • The COVID Testing Center will have a drive-through option located in the 710 Albany garage. A walk-through option will be available in the Credit Union office in the same building. Initial hours for the testing center will be Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The COVID Testing Center is only for patients getting a procedure or have been directed to receive testing by designated clinics. Appointments must be made in advance.

NEW: Rebound Planning – Working from Home

BMC is currently planning to return the majority of those working from home as part of Phase 3 of the Massachusetts reopening plan. At this point, the earliest date for return would be July 20. However, this is subject to be changed, and return of staff is likely to be phased. There will be more information coming as the hospital works through planning and protocols to ensure staff safety.

REMINDER: What to Do if You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

All staff who have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, shortness of breath) should email the Working Well Clinic at [email protected]. A member of the Working Well team will contact you to discuss further and provide a recommendation. Please do not come to work if you have symptoms of COVID-19, for both your health and to minimize the risk of transmission among patients and staff. Additional information can be found here

REMINDER: Staff Must Wear Masks on the BMC Campus

All staff should continue to wear masks in all areas of the hospital. Please note the following reminders regarding mask use and distribution:

  • Staff should continue to use surgical masks or N95 masks when seeing patients, following hospital PPE policies and guidelines, which can be found here.
  • Surgical masks will be distributed to staff at the garages and in the Menino lobby.
  • Staff in non-clinical BMC buildings who need a mask for use during the workday on campus can pick one up at Menino, Shapiro, or Preston, or in the garages before their shift.
  • Patient-facing health care workers should discard their disposable mask or recycle their N95 at the end of their day/shift. Then, they should wash their hands and put on their clean, personal traveling mask (usually a cloth mask) before leaving the building.

REMINDER: Visitor Policy for All Hospital Areas

BMC’s visitor restrictions will remain in place until further notice. There are no visitors permitted on the inpatient units and the Emergency Department. The only inpatient exceptions are Labor and Delivery 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.


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