Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

0 (as of the morning of 6/16)

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

0

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

1

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,162 (as of 6/14)

Please note that given the low number of staff infections, this number will be reported monthly moving forward.

Massachusetts Cases

662,966

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

NEW: BMC Phase A for COVID-19 Response Cleared

Yesterday, the State of Massachusetts lifted its state of emergency. In line with the state, BMC has cleared our Phase A for COVID-19 response, effective June 15. While COVID-19 isn’t gone, and we will likely continue to care for a small number of COVID patients in the coming months, we have entered the next phase of the pandemic, with decreased case counts and increased vaccination rates. Of particular note, as you can see above, we have zero inpatients with COVID-19 at BMC (as of this morning) – a huge milestone!

While we celebrate this milestone it is still important that we continue to push for people to get vaccinated. We know that many of our own patients and employees have not yet been vaccinated. The data shows – and we’ve seen firsthand – that the vaccine keeps people out of the hospital and it saves lives.

In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to review and update policies and procedures related to COVID-19, including our policy related to masking in non-clinical areas.

Thank you to everyone for their hard work over the past 15 months, and for your continued efforts to take care of our patients, our community, and each other.

NEW: Updated Guidance on Social Distancing Within the Hospital

Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released updated guidance for hospitals and other health care settings. Under these new guidelines, patients and visitors at BMC are no longer required to socially distance in our public spaces, including elevators and waiting rooms. Masks are still required for all staff, patients, and visitors in hospital spaces.

We are continuing to review all other guidance and will provide additional updates in the next few weeks.

NEW: Changes to the BMC Visitor Policy in Effect June 16

As of June 16, the following changes to the BMC visitor policy are now in effect:

  • One visitor is allowed for each Ambulatory/Procedural/Surgical Services patient.
  • Individuals between the ages of 12 and 18 will be permitted to visit patients in the intensive care units with permission from the care team.
  • Visitors age two and older are allowed in postpartum settings if they are able to comply with mask guidelines.
  • One visitor is allowed in the adult emergency department, with permission of the care team. Visitors are typically not allowed for more than 15 minutes.
  • Two parents/guardians allowed with a child in the pediatric emergency department.

The current visitor policy can be found on the Hub and BMC.org.

NEW: Updated Guidelines for PPE Use During Aerosol-Generating Procedures

In light of the declining numbers of COVID-19 positivity in our community and at BMC, we are revising the guidance for PPE usage when caring for patients undergoing aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs). 

  • Asymptomatic outpatients: Caregivers should continue to wear an N95 with any patient receiving aerosolizing procedures or treatments.
  • Asymptomatic, COVID-negative inpatients: Follow standard precautions-plus guideline (i.e. a surgical mask) while in the room with any patient receiving aerosolizing-generating procedures or treatments. There is no longer a requirement to wear an N95. 
  • PUIs or COVID-positive inpatients: Adhere to current enhanced or droplet-contact precautions (two pairs of gloves, face shield, N95, and a gown) while in the room with any patient for any clinical context (including AGPs).