April 23 Daily Round-Up: NEC Members Contribute to COVID-19 Crisis Response

As our region and our nation continue to grapple with the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, The New England Council is using our blog as a platform to highlight some of the incredible work our members have undertaken to respond to the outbreak.  Each day, we’ll post a round-up of updates on some of the initiatives underway among Council members throughout the region.  We are also sharing these updates via our social media, and encourage our members to share with us any information on their efforts so that we can be sure to include them in these daily round-ups.

You can find all the Council’s information and resources related to the crisis in the special COVID-19 section of our website.  This includes our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar, which provides information on upcoming COVID-19 Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members, as well as our newly-released Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (April 23, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • NEC Members Launch Fundraising Campaign to Support Relief Efforts – A group of hospitals in New Hampshire—including Council members Catholic Medical Center and Dartmouth College/Massachusetts General Hospital affiliate Southern New Hampshire Medical Center—has created the Front Lines NH Challenge Match fundraiser to support the hospitals’ COVID-19 efforts. With sponsorship from Southern New Hampshire University, Northeast Delta Dental, and more, the fund is matching donations dollar-for-dollar. Read more in the Manchester Ink Link
  • Maine Medical Center Begins Clinical Trials for Potential Treatment – The first in the state, Maine Medical Center (MMC) has launched clinical trials on the drug Remdesivir to test its efficacy in treating COVID-19. The two trials from MMC will enroll up to 7,600 patients around the world and will examine Remdesivir’s effects on moderate and severe coronavirus infections. Read more in News Center Maine.
  • Jackson Laboratory Nearly Doubles Coronavirus Testing Capacity Jackson Laboratory has announced that it is significantly ramping up its ability to test patients for COVID-19, and expects to expand its capabilities even further in coming months. The expanded efforts mean that the laboratory can accept samples from more hospitals in the region as they struggle amid a shortage of testing materials. WMTW has more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • EBP Releases Report on Future of Transportation – EBP has released its findings and insights on the ways in which the coronavirus outbreak has affected (and highlighted) larger societal trends that impact the future of transportation. From social inequities to parking policies, the report explores the ways in which transportation will change long after the pandemic ends. Read the report here.
  • Partners HealthCare Repurposes Internal Platform to Enhance Communication on Virus – Partners HealthCare is using its digital workplace platform Partners Pulse as a centralized hub to disseminate COVID-19 information to its entire network of hospitals, health centers, and staff. All employees and patients can now remain informed about relevant resources and protocols from one platform. Newswire has more.

Community Response

  • AARP, UnitedHealth Group Partner to Expand Social Isolation Program – AARP and UnitedHealth Group have entered into a partnership to expand AARP’s initiative to combat social isolation and expand available resources for seniors, Connect2Affect. UnitedHealth has pledged $5 million to the initiative, which will address the immediate needs in the communities AARP serves, such as food insecurity and social connection. Read the press release here.
  • Boeing Delivers Over 500,000 Masks to New Hampshire – On its first COVID-19 response mission, Boeing delivered nearly 540,000 medical-grade masks from China to New Hampshire. The aerospace manufacturer covered the cost of transporting the equipment, and is seeking to expand its relief efforts across the country. Read more from CNN
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals Commits $5 Million to Pandemic ResponseVertex Pharmaceuticals has announced a commitment of $5 million to global relief efforts. The funds will be distributed to areas where the pharmaceutical company operates both in Europe and the United States, and will be used to provide humanitarian relief, protective equipment, and technology at all levels of recovery and relief. Read more.

Stay tuned for more updates each day, and follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates on how Council members are contributing to the response to this global health crisis.

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