Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

32

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

8

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,504 (as of 12/13)

Massachusetts Cases

921,680

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

REMINDER: Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 as Cases Continue to Rise

Cases and positivity rates of COVID-19 have been steadily increasing, including at BMC, and are expected to increase further. BMC is continuing to track the Omicron variant in coordination with public health officials and other hospitals, as it has now been detected in Massachusetts and Boston. We will continue to evaluate our current COVID-19 response plan and update guidance as necessary.

With the holidays and winter upon us, it is important that we are even more vigilant and follow all public health guidelines and hospital regulations to protect ourselves, our patients, and each other. This includes:

  • Wearing appropriate PPE in all patient encounters.
  • Masking indoors. All employees and LIPS must wear masks in all campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status. This includes all administrative and non-clinical areas across the BMC Health System. 
  • Encouraging vaccination for patients and your personal networks.
  • Not coming to work if you are not feeling well.
  • Filling out your staff symptom screener every day.
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 if you travel, have an exposure, or just for peace of mind. This is one of the best ways we can continue to help keep our patients, communities, and each other safe. More information on scheduling a test can be found on the Hub.
  • Maintaining physical distance. In-person meetings are permitted, but all attendees must maintain a distance of at least three feet and be masked throughout the meeting, even in larger conference rooms. Staff must maintain a physical distance of at least six feet while eating, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Getting your COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. Appointments for BMC and BUMG employees can be scheduled through this link, which can also be found on the Hub.

REMINDER: Employee/LIP and Family Holiday Vaccination Event Dec. 18

If you still need a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot or have family members who need their first, second, or booster dose, you can come to a special holiday vaccination event (festive music and candy canes included!) on Saturday, December 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dowling Vaccination Clinic. No appointment is necessary for this event.

While boosters are not a condition of employment at this time, the sections of Infection Prevention and Infectious Disease strongly recommend that all employees and LIPs to get one to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

NEW: COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Now Available for 16 and 17 Year Olds

The CDC and FDA recently approved COVID-19 vaccine boosters for people ages 16 and 17 who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine (the only vaccine approved at this time for this age group) at least six months ago.

People in this age group are able to schedule booster appointments at all BMC community vaccination sites, or walk in. Parent or guardian consent will be required. You can also page CVAX (#2829) to have a member of the roving nurse team come to provide the vaccination during a patient visit.

Currently, 16 and 17 year olds will not appear as due for a booster in Epic; updates from Epic for boosters for this age group will be coming later. Please ensure that your patient is due for a booster based on timing of their second dose. Vaccinators will encounter warnings when documenting the vaccine booster – these will need to be bypassed in order to provide a booster dose.

NEW: Change to Pediatric Emergency Department Visitor Policy

As of December 9, our visitor policy for the pediatric emergency department has changed. Only one parent/guardian is now allowed to stay with a child for the duration of their visit.

The most up-to-date visitor policy can be found in multiple languages on the Hub and on BMC.org