Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

87

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

12

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

10

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

859 (83 new since 12/30)

Massachusetts Cases

386,052

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

NEW: Employee and Provider COVID-19 Vaccination Updates

As of last week, all patient-facing staff and providers at BMC have been offered the COVID-19 vaccine, and over 5,000 people have been vaccinated. If you received an email with instructions to schedule an appointment, please schedule as soon as possible. We also now have a walk-in vaccination option available to patient-facing staff, at the Employee Administration Clinic in the Dowling Building ground floor between 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

We have begun giving second doses of the vaccine to people who received their first dose early in our rollout. This is an important milestone in our efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a reminder, please email all COVID-19 vaccine-related questions and concerns, including scheduling and eligibility questions, to [email protected]. Information, including frequently asked questions about the vaccine, is also available on the Hub and BMC.org.

NEW: Join BMC Leaders at the Next COVID and Vaccine Information Session and Q&A on Jan. 8

We will be holding another Zoom session with BMC leaders focused on COVID-19 as well as our vaccine roll-out. The next meeting will be held Friday, January 8 from 9:30-10 a.m. and is open to everyone.

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

Hospital-Issued PPE is Required for All Employees and LIPs on Campus

We are working hard across all areas of the hospital to protect our employees by ensuring we have appropriate PPE and equipment to care for our patients. In some areas of the hospital, we have seen employees and LIPs using non-hospital issued protective equipment. It is a requirement that you wear hospital-issued surgical masks and fit-tested N95 respirators to protect yourself, your colleagues, and patients. There are significant risks associated with wearing N95 masks that are not fit-tested or wearing reusable masks that are not cleaned per the manufacturers’ requirements.

NEW: Watch Nancy Gaden, Chief Nursing Officer, Wrap Up 2020 in Some Good News

Looking for some good news? Watch Nancy Gaden, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, SVP and Chief Nursing Officer, in her most recent edition of Some Good News as she wraps up 2020 and talks to BMC employees about their experiences throughout the year and getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

NEW: BMC Switching to VisuWell for Telehealth Visits Jan. 21

VisuWell, BMC’s new telehealth platform, will be available for use with patients beginning Thursday, January 21. This new platform, which replaces Zoom and Doximity for video visits, will improve virtual care workflows and offer a better overall patient experience.

More information about the platform, including tip sheets, training videos, and a drop-in session schedule, is available on the eMERGE page 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, January 7: 2-5 p.m.
  • Friday, January 8: 6-9 a.m.
  • Monday, January 11: 2-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 12: 6-9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 13: 2-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 14: 2-5 p.m.
  • Friday, January 15: 6-9 a.m.

Please note that all staff currently wearing a Gerson 2130 or SAS N95 MUST be fit tested to a new mask as soon as possible.

NEW: Boston Extending COVID-19 Restrictions for Three Weeks

In an effort to reduce the further spread of COVID-19 after the holidays and its impact on Boston's health care system and essential services, the City of Boston will remain in a modified Phase Two, Step Two of the reopening for at least three more weeks, until January 27.

This includes closures of indoor fitness centers and athletic facilities (excluding collegiate and professional sports), movie theaters, museums, indoor event spaces, and other industries, as well as capacity restrictions in office spaces, restaurants, and outdoor event spaces.

A full list of restrictions can be found on the City of Boston website.