Dear Colleagues,

COVID-19 Cases:

BMC Total Inpatients

16

BMC Inpatients Requiring ICU Care

6

Cumulative Staff Who Have Tested Positive

1,352 (as of 10/4)

Massachusetts Cases

765,351

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

REMINDER: Deadline for All BMC Employees and LIPs to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 and Record Compliance in the Employee Health Portal is Friday, October 15, 2021

The deadline for COVID-19 vaccination compliance for BMC employees and licensed independent practitioners (LIPs) – which means having obtained at least one vaccine dose and entering your vaccination status in the Employee Health Portal is next Friday, October 15, 2021.

Click here for a tip sheet on how to access your BMCHS Employee Health portal and record evidence of your COVID vaccination compliance in the BMCHS Employee Health portal.

The most up-to-date information on the requirement, including hours for the employee vaccination clinic in Dowling and on-demand vaccination, is available on the Hub.

Employee Vaccination - Dowling Clinic Hours:
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

NEW: COVID-19 Booster Shots Now Available for BMC Employees and LIPs

The CDC and FDA have approved booster shots of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for certain groups of people who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, including both clinical and non-clinical health care workers.  Booster shots are not a workplace requirement at this time.

Booster shots are not available to people who received Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at this time. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shot recommendations are waiting on FDA and CDC review and guidance.

Booster shots for eligible individuals are available at all BMC vaccination clinics – including the Employee Vaccination Clinic by appointment only. Appointments for employees only can be scheduled through this link, which can also be found on the Hub.

NEW: Guidance for Employees on Interpreting At-Home Antigen Tests

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you can now use an at-home antigen test to confirm if you are positive for COVID-19, rather than coming to the ILI Clinic for testing. Testing at the ILI Clinic is still available to all employees.

Employees will need to provide documentation of a positive antigen test by sending a photo of the positive test to COVID19WWC@bmc.org.

However, a negative at-home test cannot be used to clear you for work. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and test negative with an at-home antigen test, you still need to go to ILI to get tested with a PCR test in order to be cleared to return to work.

NEW: Update on COVID-19 Case Counts and Hospital Census

New COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts have declined for the second week after rising for the past several months. However, case counts are still significantly higher than they were at this time last year. Approximately 98 percent of COVID-19 cases in New England are estimated to be the Delta variant.

Throughout the U.S., only 0.098 percent of fully vaccinated adults have experienced symptomatic COVID-19 infections and most have mild symptoms.

The BMC COVID-19 inpatient census has also increased from where we were earlier this summer, but remains well below levels last year and in early 2021. It has remained around 20 for the past week. COVID-19 hospitalizations in Massachusetts are now beginning to decline.