April 30 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 30, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • UMass Memorial Expands Plasma Treatment with American Red Cross – After successfully using plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat three infected individuals, UMass Memorial Medical Center is expanding treatment using the convalescent plasma in partnership with the American Red Cross. While the treatment is still being tested around the world, UMass Memorial received prior FDA approval to further its use. Read more in the Worcester Business Journal.
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital Using Testing Booth to Conserve Protective Gear – To protect its staff and conserve supplies of protective equipment, Brigham and Women’s Hospital is using a testing booth for its patients. The booth may even provide more protection than gloves or face masks by providing a barrier between provider and patient. Read more from CBS

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • MIT Provides Insight on Coronavirus Business Challenges – The Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has released a report outlining advice and best practices to confront the unique challenges businesses are facing in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The report includes a variety of lessons on how the pandemic has affected businesses around the world and how to lead for the future, Read more.
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Launches Virtual Dental Care Program for Oral Health Services Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is now offering virtual dental services as part of a partnership with TeleDentists. The new collaboration will allow patients to connect with dentists to maintain oral health while also following public health guidance. The provider has also made all exams free through June 2020. Read more.

Community Response

  • Southwest Airlines Donates 12,000 Packages of Food to Boston Food Pantry – While air travel is limited, Southwest Airlines donated has over 12,000 packages of snacks to the Mary Ann Brett Food Pantry in Boston. The food pantry is located at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Dorchester, and is named in honor of Maryann Brett, the late mother of New England Council President & CEO Jim Brett. The packages will be used to serve the community’s hundreds of families in need as a result of the pandemic. The Dorchester Reporter has more.
  • Seven Hills Foundation Distributes 350,000 MasksSeven Hills Foundation staff assisted in the distribution of about 350,000 medical masks to 125 other human services organizations in Massachusetts. The organization had initially sought to order supplies for their own personnel, but upon learning that the minimum order from the manufacturer in China was for 50,000 masks, the organization quickly pivoted to coordinate with dozens of other non-profits to place a larger order to meet the needs of a wide array of health and human services agencies, many of which are located in central Massachusetts. Read more in The Worcester Telegram.

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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