Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

7

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

2

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

34

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

368 (8 new since 9/9)

Massachusetts Cases

123,425 (as of 9/15)

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

REMINDER: All Staff Who Use a Gerson 2130 N95 Mask Must be Re-Fit Tested

Gerson 2130 N95 masks have been discontinued and are no longer available. All staff who had been fit tested to the Gerson 2130 must be re-fit tested to a different mask, whether or not they are currently actively wearing N95 masks as part of their daily routine, so we can ensure that we have adequate supply options for N95s for staff moving forward.

To accommodate a potentially large number of staff needing to be refitted, the fit testing team has increased the number of fit testing sessions. Fit testing will be available for a three-hour block each day Monday through Friday through October 2. The list of hours and locations can be found on the COVID-19 Hub page and below. Please note that weekend hours have been added.

UPDATED: Upcoming Fit Testing Sessions

Upcoming fit testing sessions are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, September 17:
    • 6-9 a.m., Menino 2A
  • Friday, September 18:
    • 12-3 p.m., Menino 2A
  • Monday, September 21:
    • 4:30-7:30 p.m., Menino 2B
  • Tuesday, September 22:
    • 6-9 a.m., Menino 2B
  • Wednesday, September 23:
    • 2-5 p.m., Menino 2B
  • Thursday, September 24:
    • 2-5 p.m., Menino 2A
  • Friday, September 25:
    • 6-9 a.m., FGH 1st  floor conference room
  • Saturday, September 26:
    • 6-9:30 a.m. Menino 2B
  • Monday, September 28:
    • 6-9 a.m., Menino 2A
  • Tuesday, September 29:
    • 2-5 p.m., Menino 2B
  • Wednesday, September 30:
    • 4:30-7:30 p.m., Menino 2A
  • Thursday October 1:
    • 2-5 p.m., Menino 2A
  • Friday October 2:
    • 6-9 a.m., FGH 1st  floor conference room
  • Saturday October 3:
    • 5-8:30 p.m., Menino 2B

REMINDER: Face Masks Required on the BMC Campus

In order to help reduce preventable employee exposures to COVID-19 and keep everyone safe, wearing a surgical mask is required for staff at all times in all areas on campus, inside or outside, unless you are alone in your office or eating.  If you are eating, and have your mask off, you MUST create social distance of a minimum of six feet.  Additional information about new spaces on campus that people can use to eat, and be safely distant, is included below.

It is very important that we all remain vigilant with mask usage, hand hygiene, and physical distancing.  We recognize that it may feel like a burden to comply with these activities, but compliance with this is critical to keep yourself, your colleagues, your patients, and your families safe. We ask that you remind colleagues of this policy if you see them on campus not complying with these preventive measures.

All employees on campus must also follow our BMC PPE/social distancing policy and protocols, which have been created to protect personal health and ensure collective safety. Please:

  • Adhere to PPE guidelines while seeing patients. As a reminder, eye protection is required when seeing any patient in any setting.
  • Keep at least 6 feet of distance while eating.
  • Serve only individually-wrapped food at any department gatherings.

NEW: Updates to Visitor Policy Regarding Patients on Comfort Measures Only (CMO)

Please note that the visitor policy has been updated to reflect the current policy and practice for patients with COVID-19 on comfort measures only:

  • Visitors are not allowed for patients with COVID-19 except for COVID positive patients on comfort measures only (CMO) with permission from the clinical team and using the appropriate PPE as directed by the clinical team.

NEW: COVID Care Clinic Closed

BMC has suspended the COVID Care Clinic in Moakley. We will revisit opening the space in the event of a second surge.