Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases

% of BMC Census

BMC Total Inpatients:

 30

 8.9%

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 10

 20.8%
Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

 1,104

 
Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive  296 (0 new since 6/1)  

Massachusetts

101,592  

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NEW: Donated Meal Distribution Program to End Sunday, June 7

Due to the increasing number of patients on campus, decreasing number of meal donations, and reopening of many area restaurants, BMC will be ending the donated meal distribution program on Sunday, June 7. If you receive a meal donation opportunity, please share it with the Development team by emailing [email protected].

As always, please continue to follow infection prevention guidelines when receiving food for your staff by ensuring that all meals are individually wrapped. We remind you that catering trays, family style meals, and large pizzas are not allowed.

NEW: COVID Care Clinic Opens June 8

Our dedicated COVID Care Clinic has been established and will be ready to see patients starting Monday, June 8. This clinic will treat patients who are COVID positive, clinically sensitive, and must be seen in-person for urgent needs.

The dedicated COVID Care Clinic is located within the Belkin Breast Clinic space on Moakley 1. The hours of operation will be:

  • Monday, 4-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Please remember that known COVID+ patients should only be seen in-person if it is urgent and clinically necessary.

Directions on how to schedule a joint appointment into the COVID Care Clinic can be found on the Emergency Management page on the Hub.

UPDATED: Patient/Visitor Screening Process

As of Monday, June 1, lobby symptom screeners are no longer taking temperatures. This change is consistent with the practice at other medical centers in the area and has been approved by BMC ID. Patients and visitors are asked if they have had a new development of fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell. Depending on whether or not they have symptoms, they will either be sent to their appointment of the ILI clinic.

Monday through Friday screening hours are:

  • Yawkey lobby: 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
  • Moakley lobby: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Shapiro lobby: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Preston lobby : 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (As of 6/8)

Saturday and Sunday screening hours are:

  • Yawkey lobby: 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
  • Moakley lobby: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Shapiro lobby: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.   
  • Preston lobby: Closed

REMINDER: Refresh Station Dates and Times

The “refresh station,” sponsored by the HR department, will be available for employees on the balcony of the Menino lobby on Friday, June 5 from 2-5 p.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.

UPDATED: Childcare Information and Resources

  • Emergency Childcare: As a reminder, all Boston Medical Center employees are able to access the state’s emergency childcare locations. A list of these locations close to BMC and that have confirmed they typically have availability is available here.  If you prefer a location closer to home, a full list is available here.
  • Reopening of Childcare Programs: Childcare programs, including day camps, will be allowed to open when the state moves into Phase 2 of the reopening plan. The Governor is expected to announce on Saturday when Phase 2 will begin. However, this past Monday, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) released a comprehensive set of health and safety requirements that the programs must meet in order to reopen. The EEC states that in the “coming weeks” they will be releasing guidance on the process to obtain reopening approval. 

REMINDER: Scrub Machine Locations

Scrub machines can be found at:

  • Menino 7 by the service elevators
  • Menino 5 by the family elevators
  • Menino 4 by the bridge leading to Yawkey 4
  • Menino 2 inside the men’s and women’s locker rooms (2 of them)
  • Menino 1 in the ED dept.
  • Menino Basement by the Pharmacy
  • Menino Basement by the CPD
  • Yawkey 5 inside GPU
  • Yawkey 4 by the L&D OR and inside the men’s locker room. ( 2 of them)
  • Moakley 2 by the locker rooms
  • Moakley 2 inside the Endoscopy

For any questions or concerns, please email [email protected].


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