Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

10

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

0

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

1

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,160 (as of 6/2)

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

Massachusetts Cases

662,459

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

NEW: Updated PPE Guidance for Clinical Care

In light of new guidance from the CDC, as well as the declining number of COVID-19 cases in Boston and among our patient population, BMC has made the following changes to PPE guidelines for clinical care of non-COVID patients in both inpatient and Ambulatory areas:

  • A surgical or KN mask is required.
  • Eye protection, face shield, gown, and gloves are no longer required.

PPE guidance for inpatient care of patients with COVID-19 has not changed – an N95, face shield, double gloves, and gown are still required.

BMC is continuing to review policies guidelines related to COVID-19, including pre-procedure testing, masking guidelines, screening processes, and more, and will provide further information soon.

NEW: Changes to Travel Guidance for Ambulatory In-Person Visits

The frequently asked questions related to travel guidance for in-person visits has been updated to include recent updated guidance from both Massachusetts and the CDC for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Please help ensure that all Ambulatory patients coming from out of state (including from outside the United States) for in-person visits follow these requirements.

NEW: Changes to Screening Questions for Kronos Time Clock

As of Thursday, June 10, the required screening questions for employees who use the Kronos time clock will be changing. The new questions will be:

  • Are you experiencing any of the symptoms below (unrelated to known pre-existing conditions such as allergies and asthma)?
  • Have you had prolonged close contact while indoors without any PPE (eyes, nose, and mouth were not protected) (totaling ≥15 minutes within 6 feet over a 24 hour period) to a person with a laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infection?

Any “yes” answers to these questions will continue to result in employees being required to stay out of work and contact the Working Well Clinic and their manager.

REMINDER: 85 E. Concord Vaccination Clinic Closing June 11

On June 11, BMC will be closing the 85 E. Concord patient vaccination location. If you have a patient who wants to get a COVID-19 vaccine and you cannot vaccinate them in your clinic, please send them to the vaccination site on the Dowling ground floor. Hours of operation for the Dowling vaccination clinic are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

REMINDER: Changes to the BMC Visitor Policy

The following changes to the BMC visitor policy are now in effect:

  • Visiting hours for COVID-negative Med/Surg and ICU patients will be noon to 7 p.m.
  • COVID-negative Med/Surg and ICU patients will be able to have two visitors at a time.  
  • Adult hospice patients will be permitted to have one overnight visitor. Each patient may have more than one visitor during their stay, but not more than one visitor per night.
  • For pediatric patients, including NICU patients, two parents/guardians may visit. Visitation is allowed 24/7.

We are continuing to review visitor policies for Ambulatory, Labor and Delivery, and the Emergency Department. The current visitor policy can be found on the Hub and BMC.org.

NEW: Updated Guidelines for Nebulized Prescriptions

As the prevalence of COVID-19 in our admitted patient population continues to decline, BMC has returned to our previous standard of using nebulized prescriptions as opposed to MDIs for all patients on invasive mechanical ventilation. This is safe for both COVID-positive and COVID-negative patients. In addition, nebulized therapy through ventilators will no longer require airborne precautions in COVID-negative patients.