Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

81

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

14

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

13

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

719 (53 new since 12/16)

Massachusetts Cases

322,652

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

NEW: Updates on BMC’s Staff and Provider Vaccination Process

On Monday, December 21, BMC received 7,500 doses of vaccines from Moderna, which are clinically equivalent to the Pfizer vaccines. We now have enough supply to vaccinate all patient-facing individuals at BMC.

Once we complete vaccinations for those teams that are mostly likely to interface directly with COVID-19 inpatients, we will move to health care workers interacting with patients for a limited time or where the clinical exposure risk is lower.

Employees and providers who are patient-facing and have not already received an email will be contacted on a rolling basis with information about how to schedule vaccination appointments. Everyone who falls into this group will receive this email by January 8. All 3,500 individuals in the first wave have been contacted by email and asked to set up an appointment for vaccination.

We are working hard to expand our capacity to vaccinate, and are adding new spaces and new staff to assist in this process. We expect to be able to vaccinate up to 800 employees per day within the next few weeks.  Thank you to the many teams involved who have been working hard to manage the significant operational efforts associated with the vaccine rollout. 

UPDATED: Join BMC Leaders at the Next Vaccine Information Session and Q&A on Dec. 28

We will be holding another Zoom session with BMC leaders focused on COVID.  The next meeting will be held Monday, December 28 from 9:30-10 a.m. and is open to everyone.

Zoom information will be available on the Hub in the calendar section. A recording of the meeting will be posted on the Hub for those who cannot attend.

NEW: BMC Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physicians Available for COVID-Related Questions

BMC’s maternal-fetal medicine physicians, also known as high-risk obstetricians, are available for any pregnant employee who has questions related to COVID and/or the vaccine. Call 617-414-2000 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to book an appointment. Appointments will be by video visit and scheduled within two weeks of your call.

 

REMINDER: Holiday Travel Testing

In light of the recent uptick of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts and the upcoming holiday season, we want to remind all staff and faculty of our travel policies, particularly as they relate to being cleared to return to work. Personal travel remains discouraged, particularly to restricted areas.

Pre-travel and Asymptomatic Testing

Asymptomatic employees who need pre-travel testing or employees who are asymptomatic and are otherwise in need of testing can schedule an appointment at our voluntary testing site. Testing is available by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Menino second floor, in what was previously the discharge lounge. More information, including how to self-schedule a test, is available on the Hub.

Post-travel Testing

If you are planning to travel to a high-risk state, as designated by Massachusetts guidelines, you will need to have a negative test before returning to work. An appointment is required for testing. To schedule a post-travel test, please email [email protected]. For return to work planning, consider the 24-48 hour turnaround time for test results.

Employees may self-clear to return to work if they receive a negative result in MyChart and remain asymptomatic.

If you plan on having testing done externally, please send a copy of your PCR test results to [email protected].

REMINDER: Refresh Station Tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 23

The refresh station, sponsored by the HR department, is back to thank all of our teams and staff for their hard work during these challenging times.

All staff are welcome to come through the station on the balcony of the Menino lobby (which will be set up with appropriate social distancing) for a quick break and to grab a treat. The next refresh station will be held tonight, Wednesday December 23 from 9:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

NEW: Updates to Quarantine Guidance for Patients with Negative Tests and Known Exposure

Based on recent CDC guidelines adopted by the Massachusetts DPH, admitted patients with negative COVID-19 testing and a known exposure may now be released from quarantine after 10 days (on day 11 post-exposure) if the patient remains asymptomatic. Epic decision support has been updated to align with this guidance.

NEW: Updated Mental Health and Addiction Resource Guide

The holidays can be a stressful time and with the added stress of not being able to see loved ones this year, some people may be experiencing higher levels of anxiety or feeling isolated. BMC has created a Mental Health and Addiction Resource Guide that has resources you may need. Please remember that while you work hard to take care of our patients and community, it’s important to take the necessary time to care for yourself as well.