Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases

% of BMC Census

BMC Total Inpatients:

 15

 4.1%

BMC Inpatients Requiring Intensive Care:

 1

 1.9%
BMC Inpatients Under Investigation (pending + negatives treated as positives)   12  
Cumulative COVID+ Patient Discharges:

 1,381

 
Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive  342 (3 new since 8/17)  

Massachusetts

 113,517 (as of 8/18)  

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

REMINDER: Keeping Each Other Safe – Mask Wearing and Physical Distancing Reminders

Recent clusters of COVID-19 infections nation-wide, including at medical centers, underscore the importance of continuing to follow physical distancing and universal mask guidelines. BMC has also seen a recent small increase in HCW exposures and infection; complying with CDC guidelines at work and outside of work is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

To help keep our patients, each other and our community safe, please remember:

  • Wear a surgical mask with a good fit and seal in all common areas of the hospital, and if you are sharing an office or room with other staff. The mask should cover your nose and mouth.
  • If you cannot comfortably wear a mask due to an underlying medical condition, please contact Working Well at [email protected]
  • Stay vigilant about wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing even when outside of the hospital. Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult to maintain at least six feet of separation from others, or where other participants are unmasked, pose a risk for COVID-19 transmission. 

Be particularly mindful in the following areas:

  • Eating/Drinking in Cafeterias and Breakrooms: If physical distancing in breakrooms or cafeterias cannot be maintained, please find alternative areas to take breaks where it is possible to keep six feet apart from others. Do not remove your masks to eat in workrooms if your colleagues are within six feet. In certain workspaces it is not possible to eat and appropriately distance from your colleagues, so we would urge you to use alternate spaces for eating. Picnic tables have been set up on the Moakley Green to help with distancing.
  • Lobbies/Breakrooms/Workspaces: Use appropriate physical distancing when waiting to pick up your mask and when in breakrooms or workspaces. Adhere to signs posted on breakroom or conference room doors that list maximum occupancy. 
  • Crowded Areas: Minimize crowding together in conference rooms, breakrooms, nurses’ stations, and other places where people tend to gather. Do your best to maintain six feet of separation from coworkers. We recognize that sometimes our work requires us be within six feet of one another – in this case, you must wear a mask at all times.
  • Elevators: Limit the number of those in an elevator to no more than 4 people at a time.
  • Parking Garage Lobby: We know the parking garage lobby is small, but please help us by limiting the number of people in the parking garage lobby to 6 at a time.     

REMINDER: Daily Symptom Screener Required for All Employees on BMC’s Main Campus

All employees and licensed independent practitioners scheduled for shifts on BMC’s main campus are required to use the COVID-19 symptom screening tool in Enterprise Health as part of the daily screening process prior to coming to work each shift.

To use the screening tool, please log in to Enterprise Health, the employee health portal, by entering your BMC e-mail and network password. After logging in, you will see a list of seven symptoms. You will need to indicate whether or not you’re experiencing any of these symptoms by clicking “Yes” or “No.”  After your first log-in, you will receive an email and/or text each day to complete before you come to work.  This daily symptom questionnaire takes only about 10 seconds to complete.

Click here for a tip sheet for completing the symptom screening tool. More information about this process is available on the Hub homepage. If you have any questions or feedback, please email [email protected].

UPDATE: Pfizer Vaccine Study

Thanks to the hard work of many staff members across departments, 55 individuals have been enrolled in the Pfizer vaccine study at BMC, and have received their first dose. The study team expects to enroll a total of 98 subjects by Friday. In total, over 500 people have expressed interest in participating through BMC, which is part of a multi-site international study expected to enroll 30,000 individuals.

Anyone who is interested in participating can learn more on BMC.org. This link can be shared with patients, family members, and others in your community.

REMINDER: Upcoming Fit Testing Sessions

Fit testing sessions in August will be held at the following times and locations:

  • Wednesday August 26: 4:30-7:30 p.m.: Menino 2B
  • Friday August 28: 6-9 a.m., Menino 2B
  • Monday August 31: 6-9 a.m., Menino 2B