Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

36

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

7

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

13

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

511 (22 new since 11/16)

Massachusetts Cases

204,060 (as of 11/24)

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

REMINDER: Staying Safe During Holiday Travel and Gatherings

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we want to THANK ALL of those who will be caring for our patients over the holiday! 

As we continue to see rising COVID cases in our communities, it is critical that staff continue to follow BMC’s travel policies, particularly as they relate to being cleared to return to work. Personal travel remains discouraged, particularly to restricted areas. If you are planning to travel to restricted COVID areas as designated by Massachusetts DPH COVID guidelines, consider the turnaround time for test results in order to return to work. Staff can only go back to work once they have been cleared by Working Well.

We know this Thanksgiving may be particularly hard but it is essential that we all adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Massachusetts public health guidelines around gatherings both on and off campus. Please remember that indoor gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited in MA.

As much as we would like to be able to have our usual holiday gatherings, for safety reasons we cannot allow communal food at BMC, including potlucks. Any shared food must be individually wrapped.

UPDATED: Restricted Visitor Policy Goes into Effect November 30

Beginning Monday, November 30, BMC will be restricting visitors to inpatient areas, in order to help keep our staff, patients, and visitors safe.

There are no visitors permitted on the inpatient units. The only inpatient exceptions are Maternal Child Health (see the Hub for specifics), and for compassionate end of life situations.: Patients on comfort measures (CMO) may be allowed multiple visitors. In that instance, only one visitor will be allowed at a time, for 15 minutes each.

As a reminder, currently there are no ED or outpatient clinic visitors permitted except one guardian or required assistance (physical/mental).

Visitors who under 18 years of age, or who have any symptoms will not be allowed to visit under any circumstances. All visitors will be provided a surgical mask upon arrival and are required to wear that mask continually until they leave the building.

NEW: Voluntary COVID-19 Testing Available to Employees Beginning Dec. 2

Beginning on December 2, we will be able to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing to asymptomatic BMC and BUMG employees. This testing, in conjunction with other safety measures such as wearing a mask and physical distancing, will help us keep staff healthy and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. More information is available on the Hub.

REMINDER: All Staff Must Wear Appropriate PPE While on BMC’s Campus

Please review BMC’s PPE policy, which was updated in November, to ensure that you are wearing the appropriate PPE during patient care, and following mask guidelines when not caring for patients.

As a reminder, a surgical mask is required for all staff at all times within the hospital and you must wear the mask over your mouth and nose in order for it to be effective. If you notice others wearing their masks improperly, please speak up –we need everyone’s help to keep each other safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Two helpful resources can be found on the Hub under the PPE section on the COVID-19 resources page:

REMINDER: Continue to Maintain Physical Distance in BMC Cafeterias

For your safety and the safety of your colleagues, families, patients, and community, please follow physical distancing guidelines while eating in our cafeterias: 

  • Do not pull tables together.
  • Do not move chairs.
  • Allow social distancing while in line.
  • Follow egress protocols.
  • Only one person may be seated at a table.