Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

11

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

7

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

2

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,159 (3 new since 5/12)

Massachusetts Cases

657,478 (as of 5/18)

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

NEW: End of MA State Mask Mandate Does Not Apply to Hospital Spaces

On Saturday, May 29, all remaining COVID-19 restrictions on businesses will be lifted in Massachusetts. This means that face coverings will no longer be required, although individual businesses can choose to keep this requirement.

This lifting of the mask mandate does not apply to health care settings. Staff, patients, and visitors will still be required to wear masks throughout all BMC buildings, even after being vaccinated:

  • Proper PPE is required for all patient care interactions.
  • Surgical masks must be worn when within hospital buildings.
  • Cloth masks are acceptable for wearing in outdoor areas on campus.

REMINDER: Take the Employee Vaccine Champion Challenge

As health care workers, we can all be vaccine ambassadors by sharing information and having discussions about the importance of the vaccine with our friends, families, and neighbors. To help you do this, we have created a fun and easy way to help colleagues across our health system participate in this public health effort – our Employee Vaccine Champion Challenge.

By completing just four simple steps, you can become an official "vaccine champion" and have the chance to be highlighted on our communications channels. If you complete all four steps, you’ll get a special prize!  Visit the Hub to learn more.

NEW: COVID-19 Vaccines Available in High-Volume Clinics and Emergency Department

As we seek to vaccinate all eligible patients who have not yet been vaccinated, we will continue to operate our community vaccination sites, as well as “on-the-ground” activities with our community partners to help more individuals get vaccinated.

We have also made COVID-19 vaccines available in primary care clinics, as well as other high-volume clinics, in order to help us reach patients when they come to campus. Vaccines are also available to patients in the Emergency Department.

Please make sure any patient who comes to BMC knows they can get vaccinated while on campus, if they haven’t already. Tips on how to talk with patients about vaccination, as well as talking points, can be found on the Hub.

NEW: Updates to the BMCHS Employee Travel Policy

As of May 19, local travel for business purposes within Massachusetts and surrounding states no longer requires advanced approval by your department VP or chair. Domestic business travel outside Massachusetts and surrounding states will still not be reimbursed.

For more information on business and personal travel, please see the travel policy on the Hub or BMC.org.

NEW: Working Well COVID Clinic Phone Line No Longer in Operation

Due to decreased demand, the Working Well COVID Clinic has discontinued use of their phone line. If you need to contact the clinic, please email [email protected] and someone will reach out to you within two hours.

REMINDER: Pfizer Vaccine Approved for 12-15 Year Olds – Walk-ins Welcome

BMC is currently accepting COVID-19 vaccination walk-ins and scheduled appointments for people aged 12-15 at all community vaccination sites. This is an important step in getting as many people as possible vaccinated in Massachusetts. Please spread the word to parents who have children in this age group and encourage them to get vaccinated. A resource you can walk through or hand out to parents is available on the Hub.

To schedule an appointment, patients can:

  • Talk to their pediatrician, who can schedule an appointment using Epic.
  • Call 617-638-9700.
  • Go online to BMC.org.

Please note that consent from a parent/guardian is required for all patients under the age of 18. Consent can be given at the vaccine appointment or with the consent form that can be found on Mass.gov.