UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of May 5

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

 192

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 51

Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

 792

Staff Testing Positive Within Last 24 Hours/Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

 8 / 271

United States

1,171,510

Massachusetts

70,271

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

NEW: Gov. Baker’s Face Covering Order in Effect Beginning Tomorrow, May 6

Last week, Governor Baker issued an order requiring everyone in Massachusetts to 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. This order goes into effect tomorrow, May 6. Noncompliance with the mask order may result in a civil fine up to $300 per violation.

  • Staff should use their own personal mask/face covering when traveling to and from the hospital.
  • BMC will continue to provide masks to clinical staff when they enter the Menino building.
    • Staff should continue to use surgical masks or N95 masks when seeing patients, following hospital PPE policies and guidelines, which can be found here.
  • Patient-facing health care workers should discard their disposable mask or recycle their N95 mask at the end of the day/shift. Then, they should wash their hands and put on their clean, personal, travelling mask (usually a cloth mask) before leaving the building.
  • Cloth masks – while appropriate and protective for wear in the community – should not be worn in patient care activities.
  • 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.

NEW: PAPR Reminders and Changes to Sign-Out Process

To ensure that we have PAPRs available for those who need them, we have changed the process for signing them out. Rather than PAPRs being signed out to a unit, Transport will record the name and ID number for each individual who is issued a PAPR.

Please remember to return PAPRs after use for proper cleaning and to charge the batteries so they are ready for staff who need them. 

REMINDER: One-on-One Integrative Wellness Sessions with Dr. Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABIHM

We are offering complimentary, one-on-one integrative medicine wellness sessions over Zoom for BMC employees who are interested in tools to improve health and wellbeing during these challenging times. These individual sessions will be held on Monday and Wednesday mornings between 9 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. Sessions are available in English and Spanish.

Employees can learn about nutrition strategies to boost immune health, mind-body tools for relaxation and cultivating resilience, ways to improve sleep, simple breathing techniques for stress reduction, and more. These sessions are not focused on mental health diagnoses, though the tools can benefit overall wellbeing including mind, body, and spirit. Please contact Dr. Soriano directly at [email protected] to set up your Zoom session.


After the Surge: Hospitals Prep to Bring Back Regular Patients While Virus Cases Linger

Alastair Bell, MD, MBA, executive vice president, chief operating officer, discusses how BMC will be “managing in a dual world,” as we continue to face COVID and think about bringing back other patients.

Read on Globe.com.

Recursos Disponíveis Durante o COVID-19

Andrea Medeiros, Navegador Familiar, discute os recursos disponíveis para as famílias de pacientes durante o COVID-19, incluindo assistência na entrega de alimentos, instabilidade da habitação e proteção de serviços públicos.

Hear from Andrea Medeiros, family navigator, as she discusses resources available for patient families during COVID-19, including assistance with food delivery, housing instability and utility protection.

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