Boulder Community Health provided an email update on May 26 to community
members. CEO & President Rob Vissers, M.D. reported that the picture
of COVID-19 in our community and at BCH is very encouraging.
Winning the battle against COVID-19
As of May 26, there were only three confirmed COVID-19 patients at BCH.
To date, we have performed 681 COVID-19 tests on patients scheduled to
have surgery at BCH. All were negative. Additionally, we have performed
94 tests on Labor and Delivery patients with only one positive result.
The results of our employee testing are just as reassuring. Of our 2,409
employees, 181 have been tested for COVID. We have had 17 positive results
(10% of those tested, and less than 1% of our total employees). Contact
tracing analysis indicates that the vast majority of employees testing
positive contracted COVID-19 outside of BCH through community transmission.
We’ve seen similar reassuring results at our outpatient testing sites.
We have conducted 289 tests since opening our drive-up testing sites in
Boulder and Erie, with only six positive results.
Our community is winning the battle against COVID-19. Social distancing
and masking are working. The many changes we’ve made at BCH to improve
safety are working — limiting visitors, all patients and staff wearing
masks, providing alternatives to in-person visits in our physician clinics,
expanding our infection prevention measures, the list goes on and on.
We at BCH thank you for all you have done to bend the COVID curve in our
community. And we implore you to continue your diligent efforts. COVID-19
has not gone away. Infection rates will flare up if we relax our individual
masking and social distancing. I can assure you that BCH will continue
all our efforts to keep our locations as safe as possible. The rest of
this message lays out our methodical approach to cleaning and disinfecting
Enhanced cleaning and disinfection improve safety
We understand that some people feel real anxiety about visiting a medical
facility at the current time. That’s why safety remains the top
priority at all BCH patient care locations. We have a thorough and thoughtful
plan for providing the safest possible environment for our patients.
Cleaning and disinfection is part of a 24/7 routine at Foothills Hospital.
BCH’s Environmental Services (EVS) department includes 40 team members
who work around the clock to safely and efficiently increase cleaning
frequency while adhering to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention
To clean and disinfect, Foothills Hospital uses OxyCide™ Daily Disinfectant
Cleaner – a one-step disinfectant specifically made for use in hospitals.
This non-bleach formula is compatible with a wide range of materials and
kills a multitude of organisms in five minutes or less.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a growing list
of products approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that
causes COVID-19. OxyCide™ Daily Disinfectant Cleaner meets the EPA’s
criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2.
All surface disinfectants on that EPA list can be used to kill viruses
on surfaces such as counters and doorknobs. The full list can be
Cleaning highly-touched surfaces more frequently
Highly-touched surfaces throughout the hospital — surfaces that are
handled frequently throughout the day by numerous people — are disinfected
at least two times a day.
These areas include:
• Door knobs/handles
• Door push plates
• Arms/backs of chairs
• Elevator buttons
A similar cleaning schedule is used in high-traffic areas, including:
• Public restrooms
• Coffee shop & café
• Waiting areas
The Emergency Department (ED) waiting room, however, is cleaned up to six
times a day.
Other important cleaning measures
• All procedure/exam rooms, inpatient rooms and ED rooms are cleaned
and disinfected each day and after every patient is discharged.
• All surgical areas continue to be thoroughly disinfected.
• All equipment and machines are cleaned by clinical teams with assistance
from EVS for thorough disinfection.
Members of the EVS leadership team support BCH staff on the floors by answering
questions and conducting quality assurance inspections. They also conduct
black light inspections to assess how well EVS staff have cleaned an area.
An invisible dye is randomly sprayed or applied to a surface before cleaning.
The dye must be completely gone to pass inspection.
Disinfection at physician clinics and urgent care centers
All equipment and exams rooms are thoroughly cleaned between patients at
BCH physician clinics and urgent care centers. We are creating an even
safer environment for our patients by increasing the cleaning frequency
of all highly-touched surfaces, such as door knobs. Each clinic cleans
every single door and surface twice a day.
BCH uses Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Disposable Wipes — the number
one disinfecting wipe in healthcare. This is in addition to nightly disinfection
practices from a cleaning company.
Additional safety measures used at physician clinics and urgent care centers
• Staff have adjusted schedules and workflows to minimize or eliminate
time patients spend in waiting rooms. For example, patients are advised
to wait for appointments in their cars and check in via the MyBCH Patient Portal.
• Plexiglass counter shield barriers have been installed at each front desk.
• Each patient is offered a new mask at check-in.
• Additional hand sanitizer pumps have been installed for proper hand hygiene.
• Furniture in all waiting areas has been re-arranged for proper social
• Weather permitting, doors are propped open to improve ventilation.
You and your family should feel safe at BCH
Here are some additional factors that improve patient safety at BCH facilities.
• BCH continues to see a very low number of COVID-19 patients.
• All patients entering any BCH patient care facility are required
to wear a surgical or cloth mask. All BCH staff wear masks.
• We have limited visitors.
• Every surgical patient is tested for COVID-19 before surgery.
• All patients and visitors entering Foothills Hospital, Community
Medical Center and Erie Medical Center are screened for signs and symptoms
of respiratory illness or for known contact with someone with respiratory
illness in the past 14 days, including suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
bch.org/coronavirus to learn more about our response to COVID-19.