Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

% of BMC Census

BMC Total Inpatients

19

5.6%

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

2

3.6%

BMC Inpatients Under Investigation (pending + negatives treated as positives)

37

 

Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges

1,197

 

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

310 (0 new since 6/12)

 

Massachusetts Cases

101,654

 

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

NEW: Your Feedback Wanted

Please take a few minutes to fill out a brief, four-question survey on the COVID-19/Operations and Clinical Bulletin. This survey will help us continue to provide you with the most useful information as BMC works to rebound clinical care while still caring for patients with COVID-19. Click here to take the survey. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please email [email protected].

REMINDER: Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

It is critical that we all continue to work together to take steps to keep ourselves and our colleagues safe. When infected, an individual may be contagious 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 no more than 4 people at a time.
  • Parking Garage Lobby: We know the parking garage lobby is 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. Do not remove your masks to eat in workrooms if your colleagues are within six feet.
  • 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.

UPDATED: Childcare Information and Resources

  • Survey: Employees who have children ages 5 and under were emailed a link to a brief, two-minute survey from the BMC Benefits Team on June 15. Please take the survey so we can better understand your childcare needs and work to find options to support you.
  • Webinar: Employees are invited to attend the “Phases 2 and Beyond –Childcare Solutions in MA”’ webinar from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 to learn more about the state’s reopening of childcare centers, the differences between daycare centers and home family childcare locations, and how to determine if you qualify for financial assistance through a designated childcare slot or the state’s voucher program. This event will be recorded, so please register here even if you are unable to attend live. 
  • Camp Kinda: Camp Kinda is a free virtual summer camp that is designed to keep kids in grades K-8 engaged, asking questions, and having fun all summer. Each weekday from now through September 1, participating families will get three to four hours’ worth of daily activities. With a mix of online and offline activities, Camp Kinda is flexible enough to let you pick and choose what you put in front of your kids (and when), but kid-driven enough to let you step away. To learn more and sign up for free, visit CampKinda.org and use the registration code BMC20.
  • Reopening of childcare programs and emergency childcare: We have confirmed that the earliest date childcare locations across the states will be allowed to open is June 22, but it is unlikely many will be ready by that date.  Some are aiming for June 29, or July 1 but many others will take longer. We encourage you to reach out to your own daycare provider to determine their targeted reopening date. Additionally, as more daycare facilities open, the emergency childcare locations for essential employees will resume normal care and will no longer be available. If you are using one of these locations, please speak with the caregiver directly. 

REMINDER: “What Should I Do?: Navigating Difficult Emotions in the Workplace” Training Available for All Employees

All of us are feeling the weight of the pandemic in addition to the important and complex topics facing our community and nation today. With that in mind, our employee resiliency clinician Beth Milaszewski, LICSW, has created a training that leads participants to a clearer understanding of the human response to stressful situations, gives tips for recognizing signs of stress, and provides real-time strategies for re-centering.

This week’s final session will be held on Thursday, June 18 from 10-11 a.m.

REMINDER: Upcoming Refresh Stations

Refresh stations, sponsored by the HR Department, will be available for employees on the balcony of the Menino lobby on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, June 19: 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 20: 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

All staff are welcome to come through the station (which will be set up with appropriate social distancing) for a quick break and to grab a treat.