Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

35

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

6

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

5

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,126 (9 new since 3/31)

Massachusetts Cases

609,533 (as of 4/6)

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

NEW: Physical Distancing Requirements in Certain Hospital Areas Reduced to Three Feet

Given the decreased incidence of COVID-19 among staff members, likely presence of community immunity among our workforce, good ventilation, and ongoing adherence to PPE guidelines, BMC is reducing physical distancing requirements from 6 feet to 3 feet in some hospital areas, only if necessary to perform your work.

Areas where distancing can be reduced are:

  • Charting rooms/support staff rooms
  • Offices 
  • Research spaces
  • Training room spaces

Please note, this guidance is dependent on individuals continuing to wear masks in these spaces at all times. At least six feet of distance must still be maintained if people are eating.

REMINDER: Virtual Town Hall Meeting April 8

Please join Kate Walsh for a virtual Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 8, at noon via Zoom (https://bostonmedicalcenter.zoom.us/j/99310917877). Kate will share general organizational updates, a COVID update, an update on our vaccine work, and a wellbeing and behavioral health update.

NEW: Additional BMC Community Vaccination Sites Opening Soon

As eligibility for vaccination expands and BMC continues its efforts to provide vaccinations to the communities most impacted by COVID-19, we will be opening two new community vaccination sites:

  • Roxbury COVID-19 Vaccination Site @ Twelfth Baptist Church
  • Roslindale COVID-19 Vaccination Site @ St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church (Note: this new site will replace the current Roslindale COVID-19 Vaccination Site @ 17 Corinth Street site, providing more space).

Individuals will be able to make appointments through the MA vaccine website or the BMC scheduling site.


As we see both state COVID-19 case rates and hospital censuses begin to rise again, it’s crucial that we all continue to follow public health guidelines at BMC and at home, even after vaccination. This means practicing good hand hygiene, physically distancing, wearing proper PPE during patient care, and wearing a mask in public, including in hospital buildings.


NEW: Important Information Regarding Pay and Benefits

In December, BMC announced that all employees would have access to up to 80 hours of unearned ET (going to a negative balance if necessary) for COVID-19 related absences. We plan to end this practice on April 25, 2021. As always, negative ET balances will need to be replenished via the regular accrual schedule prior to taking additional ET.

NEW: Sebastian Hamilton Joins NE Patriots in Video on the COVID-19 Vaccine

Recently, BMC Hospital Board Trustee Devin McCourty and New England Patriots teammate Matthew Slater hosted an important discussion about the COVID vaccine. They were joined by Dr. Sebastian Hamilton, BMC’s associate chief pharmacy officer for outpatient pharmacy services, and fellow Boston-area doctors to answer common questions and address concerns around vaccine hesitancy. Check out the video here.

NEW: BMC Waitlist for Vaccine Appointments Now Available

BMC has now opened a waitlist for vaccinations. Anyone in Massachusetts can sign up for the waitlist. Once the form is submitted, we will call, email, or text to schedule an appointment once the person is eligible for a vaccination according to Massachusetts guidelines. Please encourage any family, friends, or community members who have not otherwise been able to schedule an appointment to sign up for this waitlist.

Please note that submitting the form does not guarantee an appointment and due to supply, it might take several weeks after someone becomes eligible until they are notified about an appointment. This waitlist is not the same as the state-run preregistration form – appointments made from the waitlist will be at one of the BMC-run vaccine sites.