Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

45

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

4

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

13

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,008 (19 new since 1/27)

Massachusetts Cases

504,564

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

NEW: Updates on Patient Vaccination Program

Last week, we began a soft launch of our patient vaccination program, offering vaccines to some of our highest-risk patients with existing appointments. Now, under the state’s Phase 2 guidelines, we are offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible patients (75 or older OR with two co-morbidities) with in-person or telehealth visits scheduled in our Ambulatory clinics. To help increase access, we are planning to open a vaccination site for patients at 85 E. Concord.

In addition, BMC is working in partnership with our community health centers to stand up public vaccination sites in Roslindale, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Dorchester to increase vaccine access within the communities that we serve.

  • Staffing the New Patient Sites: To help staff these new sites, BMC is looking for LIPs, pharmacists, medical and physician assistant students to serve as vaccinators, as well as ASRs, unit coordinators, and Registration staff for operational roles. If you are interested in working at the four sites and have not already emailed the Staffing Pool, please sign up here.

UPDATED: Employee and Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP) Vaccination Updates

COVID-19 vaccines are now open to all BMC employees and LIPs and all BMC HealthNet Plan employees. As of this week, approximately 70 percent (6,597 people as of Feb. 1) of BMC employees and LIPs have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, and 60 percent of those who have been vaccinated have received their second shot.

Vaccinations are available by appointment or through a walk-in visit 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday in the Employee Administration Clinic on the Dowling ground floor.

If you have any additional questions about the vaccine, please see our employee-specific COVID-19 vaccine page on the Hub, visit BMC.org for general vaccine information, email [email protected], or talk with your manager. Our goal is to do everything we can to address any questions you may have as you consider vaccination.

NEW: Reminder of PPE Policy and Guidance on Double-Masking

There is growing interest among our BMC community regarding double-masking. At this time, our guidance is to continue following our full PPE policy on the Hub, which does not require double-masking. Hospital-issued surgical masks or KN masks are required when in BMC buildings. These high-grade surgical masks have been approved by the Department of Public Health to be highly effective at providing protection against COVID-19, especially when combined with proper eyewear, which is required for all patient care. N95s are to be worn when caring for COVID-positive and COVID-suspect patients, and during aerosol generating procedures for non-COVID patients.

NEW: Additional Break Area Now Open on Yawkey 3

A new enclosed and heated area has been set up for employees to use as a breakroom and eating area. To access, go past the Ophthalmology waiting rooms on Yawkey 3, towards the Northampton garage. Signage will be posted.

Please use this new space to help you keep six feet apart from others while eating. As a reminder:

  • Do not remove your masks – for any reason, including eating – if your colleagues are within six feet.
  • Be mindful of all posted capacity limits.
  • Do not move tables or chairs in any designated eating area or cafeteria.
  • A list of designated eating areas can be found on the Hub.

UPDATED: Upcoming Fit Testing Sessions

Drop-in fit testing will be offered for any staff member who needs fit testing in the Yawkey basement conference room B on the following dates and times.

  • Thursday, February 4: 2-5 p.m.
  • Friday, February 5: 6-9 a.m.
  • Monday, February 8: 2-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 9: 6-9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 10: 2-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 11: 2-5 p.m.
  • Friday, February 12: 6-9 a.m.

Please note that all staff currently wearing a Gerson 2130 or 3M1860 Regular MUST be fit tested to a new mask as soon as possible.

NEW: COVID Anticoagulation Algorithm Has Been Revised

The BMC COVID Anticoagulation algorithm was revised to incorporate recent clinical trial results. These revisions represent a significant change from our current practice. 

We are now recommending the use of therapeutic anticoagulation for symptomatic COVID patients who require hospitalization but are not critically ill (such as requiring high flow oxygen >30L, ventilatory support or vasopressors) provided they have an acceptable bleeding risk. The updated algorithm is available on the Hub.