Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases

% of BMC Census

BMC Total Inpatients:

 27

 8.3%

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 7

 13.7%
BMC Inpatients Under Investigation (pending + negatives treated as positives)   45  
Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

 1,136

 
Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive  298 (1 new since 6/5)  

Massachusetts

99,755

 

 

Please note that Friday’s bulletin contained a number of Massachusetts cases that included both confirmed and probable cases. Going forward, we will continue to only include confirmed MA cases.

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

NEW: Phase 2 Update

On Saturday, Gov. Baker announced that Phase 2 re-opening will start, as hoped, today. Key information related to healthcare providers is below.  At BMC we are finalizing our workflows, and must attest we are meeting the state’s guidelines for Phase 2. Once that happens, our attestation will be on bmc.org.

  • All care can resume in phase 2, EXCEPT cosmetic procedures and day programs, which are deferred to Phase 3, date to be determined.
  • Providers are asked to prioritize more urgent care first, based on clinical discretion. We are being asked to continue to defer and delay procedures that will require space that may be needed by COVID patients.
  • We must continue to meet the same bed capacity and PPE standards for Phase 1, including 20 percent availability of beds on a rolling seven day basis.

Other sectors of the economy will re-open in two stages of Phase 2. The first stage starts today and includes retail, child care, youth sports and outdoor dining. The second phase will start on a date to be determined and includes indoor dining and close contact personal services. Read the state’s full plan here.                                                                                                              

NEW: BMC Deescalates into Phase B

We are happy to report that hospital operations are beginning to normalize as we bring back more ambulatory visits and procedures, and reopen operating room capacity for our highest-priority cases. BMC operations remain stable in Phase 1 of the state’s recovery framework and therefore we have   deescalated from a Phase C to a Phase B as Massachusetts enters Phase 2. 

The Command Center will be transitioned to virtual operations beginning at 4 p.m. today. All areas should return to standard operations for supplies, administrative issues, and to report needs and concerns. The Command team will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 status for BMC, the City of Boston, the state of Massachusetts, and nationally.

NEW: We Need Your Help to Maximize Our N95 Mask Supply

Because of constantly changing national supply chain demands, we have had to use several different N95 masks over the past three months in order to maximize our supply of PPE.

As available supplies will continue to change for the foreseeable future, we will continue to re-fit test groups as needed, so please watch for communications to see if your group is called to be tested. It’s important that we have a full list of all the N95 masks employees and providers are able to fit into so we can adjust quickly as supplies change.

The following masks will be in limited supply in the near future so if you are currently wearing one of these, please come to the fit testing station before June 19 so we can test for an alternate N95 mask.

  • Precept Small
  • Gerson 2130

Expanded fit testing hours starting tomorrow, June 9 through June 19:

  • Monday – Saturday 6 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 6 a.m. - Noon

Fit testing sessions are held in Menino 2A/B. No appointment is necessary, and the process takes approximately 20 minutes.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter. We know we have asked a lot from everyone, but please know that your efforts help ensure we continue to have an adequate supply of PPE to keep all our employees safe.

NEW: Upcoming Refresh Stations – Week of June 8

The “refresh station,” sponsored by the HR department, will be available for employees on the balcony of the Menino lobby on the following dates and times:

  • June 11: 2-5 p.m. (ice cream station)
  • June 12: 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  • June 13: 6:30-9:30 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. The refresh stations this week will honor Pride Week and our LGBTQIA+ BMC employees and their contributions to the exceptional care we provide to our patients and communities.