Daily COVID-19 Update: May 7, 2020
UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of May 7
BMC Total Inpatients:
BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:
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REMINDER: Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace
While we care for our patients, it is critical that we all continue to work together to take steps to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe. When infected, an individual can be contagious starting two days before symptoms begin. When employees take masks off to eat, drink, or talk, without maintaining a distance of six feet, exposures can result. Be particularly mindful in the following areas:
- Elevators: Limit the number of those in an elevator to 4 people at a time.
- Parking Garage Lobby: We know the parking garage lobby is really small, but please help us by limiting the number of people in the parking garage lobby to 6 at a time.
- Breakrooms/Workspaces: Use appropriate physical distancing when waiting to pick up your mask and when in break rooms or workspaces.
- Eating/Drinking in Cafeterias and Breakrooms: If physical distancing in breakrooms or cafeterias cannot be maintained, consider finding alternative areas to take breaks where it is possible to keep six feet apart from others.
- Crowded Areas: Minimize crowding together in conference rooms, breakrooms, nurses’ stations and other places where people tend to gather. Do your best to maintain six feet of separation from coworkers. We recognize that sometimes our work requires us be within six feet of one another – in this case, you must wear a mask at all times.
REMINDER: Fit Testing Availability and New Hours Beginning Monday, May 11
In an effort to provide front line healthcare workers with the correct N95 masks, we have been fit testing many of you over the last several weeks. As a result, we have identified alternative masks for a number of individuals.
We recognize there have been questions about fit testing and want to reiterate that the fit testing conforms to all requirements. If you have concerns about your mask’s fit, you are welcome to drop in to Menino 2A/B to speak to a fit testing supervisor. Fit testing hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday, May 10. Starting Monday, May 11, fit testing hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
UPDATE: COVID-19 Research at BMC
As announced last week, BMC has been selected to be the site for two new Gates Foundation funded randomized clinical COVID-19 trials for outpatients. The first study for household contacts of people who have recently been tested for COVID-19 opened last week. The second study is now enrolling people who have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
The second study is enrolling participants who:
- Are 18-80 years old
- Have a laboratory-confirmed positive COVID-19 result within three days prior to enrollment
- Have a smart phone
Participants can sign up for the study themselves or by clinician referral. They will receive a kit with tools to measure their vitals and EKG at home, and will get compensation for their participation.
Both studies take place remotely, and include a call with a research assistant, a call with a health provider, and study materials delivered and picked up by courier.
There are a number of other active clinical trials in which we are enrolling patients, including:
- A Phase 3 trial, CAN-COVID, studying canakinumab, which is an IL-1 inhibitor
- Tocilizumab (TOCI), an IL-6 inhibitor
- Several antiviral drug studies, including XPORT, in which selinexor is being evaluated
- Numerous non-pharmacologic trials.
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