Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

7

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

1

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

0

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,164 (as of 6/28)

Massachusetts Cases

663,729 (as of 6/29)

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

NEW: Update on the COVID-19 Delta Variant

The COVID-19 Delta variant has been the cause of some of the recent outbreaks of COVID-19 around the world. It is also on track to become the dominant variant of COVID-19 in the United States within the next few months. Although there are still questions about this variant, we do know:

  • The Delta variant is more highly contagious and associated with higher rates of infection and hospitalization than previous variants, including in children.
  • People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with any of the three vaccines available in the U.S. have excellent protection against this variant.
  • People who are unvaccinated will be increasingly susceptible to the Delta variant, and we strongly encourage anyone who has not yet gotten vaccinated to do so. Please also do everything possible to educate and encourage patients to get vaccinated if they have not already done so.

Given the high rates of COVID-19 vaccination among BMC employees and LIPs, and the continuing low rate of COVID-19 positivity in the community, we do not anticipate any change in our re-opening recommendations at the current time. This is also aligned with the current CDC and MA Department of Public Health recommendations.

If you have new symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (headache, cough, fever/chills, muscle aches, loss of smell or taste, sore throat), whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, please get a COVID-19 test. You can make an appointment by emailing [email protected].

NEW: Updated Process for Vaccination in Ambulatory Clinics

In order to ensure we vaccinate as many patients as possible when they come for in-person visits, there is a new process for vaccinations in Ambulatory clinics. Instead of paging the COVID-19 vaccine nurse team when a patient is interested in the vaccine, the nurse team will now receive a list of all eligible, unvaccinated patients and approach patients on the list who have clinic appointments. The conversation will be documented in Health Maintenance. If a nurse is unable to speak with the patient before their visit, the clinic can still page for a COVID-19 vaccine if the patient is interested.

Please continue to support our vaccination efforts by having conversations with patients and encouraging vaccination. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Kate Masters, senior manager of Ambulatory performance, at [email protected].

New: Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway

Beginning tomorrow, vaccinated residents of Massachusetts 18 years or older will have the chance to sign up to win one of five $1M prizes. You can sign up no matter when you got vaccinated. Residents 12-17 years old can sign up for a chance to win a college scholarship. Find more details on the State’s site.