UPDATED: Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as of April 15

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients:

187

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

48

BMC Employees/Providers who have tested positive:

167

United States

605,390

Massachusetts

29,918

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Parade of Police, Fire, and EMS Vehicles to Honor Healthcare Workers Tonight

Tonight, in honor of One Boston Day, Boston's police, fire, and EMS departments will hold a "cavalcade" at approximately 7:30 p.m. in which a parade of vehicles will pass by the area's hospitals beginning with Boston Medical Center. The cavalcade is meant to honor medical staff for all they are doing to help the city amid the pandemic.

We encourage anyone who is able to look out the window as the cavalcade passes by.

REMINDER: N95 Collection and Reprocessing with Battelle  

We received our first batch of sterilized N95s from Battelle and will be sending another batch of 1,200 out today.  New masks are being labeled with our site code (BDW-00) by employees wearing gloves and face masks.  You can find additional information on the Battelle process here.  This is a critical process to extend our supply of N95s for the duration of the pandemic and we appreciate everyone’s support and attention to following the below guidelines:

  1. Return used N95s in designated collection bins. These are located in all N95 clinical areas (often in soiled utility). Please ONLY put N95s in these bins. Our current collection rate of N95s is 25% and we are targeting 80%+ returns. 
  2. Please refrain from using make-up/skincare products.  N95s that are soiled will be discarded. We are finding ~20% of collected N95s are being rejected due to make-up and skincare products, which reduces our future supply. 

If you have questions regarding our reprocessing with Battelle please email DG-EVS.

REMINDER: Guidelines for Food Donation and Breakroom Food

All food donations, as well as any other food to be shared in breakrooms, must be individually wrapped, and served with appropriate social distancing. This is intended to help keep our employees safe during the pandemic.

Anyone who wishes to donate food to BMC staff should email [email protected] to coordinate the donation.

NEW: Thank You to Our BMC Employee Fundraisers!

Many departments and individuals have stepped up to raise critical funds toward our COVID relief efforts by creating their own fundraisers. A very special shout out to the Runny Noses team in Otolaryngology hosting a virtual 5K, Harp Bedi, MD, in Radiology, the BMC Needs PPE group, Laurie Dubois from Internal Medicine, Roopa Mathur from Psychiatry, and Nicolette Oleng from the Immigrant Health Program, just to name a few!

If you are interested in creating a fundraiser to support BMC during this time, you can do so on our Development website. Please email [email protected] with any questions about getting your page set up.

New Addition to the Bulletin

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we'll be sharing content at the bottom of the daily Bulletin to help keep you connected to the broad work taking place across BMC. These stories and posts – including quick video insights, social media posts, and content on our thought leadership platform – HealthCity – feature BMC subject matter experts and highlight the incredible work our colleagues are doing in the face of COVID-19.

Social Distancing May Increase HIV and Overdose Risk for At-Risk Populations

Isolation and barriers to harm reduction services could increase overdoses and new HIV infections among homeless people who use drugs, experts worry.
Read on HealthCity.

On The Frontlines Of The Coronavirus Pandemic In Massachusetts

Radio Boston speaks with Willie Baker, MD, of BMC’s Emergency Department about what he’s seeing on the frontlines.
Listen on WBUR.org.

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