April 9 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 9, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Eli Lilly Caps Insulin Cost for Users – Drug manufacturer Eli Lilly has announced new measures to alleviate the financial hardship caused by the pandemic on its customers. Now, a majority of the company’s insulin co-pays will be capped at $35—an offer available to those insured and uninsured alike. Read more in The Hill
  • Jackson Laboratory Supports Global Virus Research – After months of research, Jackson Laboratory (JAX) has begun shipping genetically modified mice to scientists around the world. The mice, with altered cells that allow them to be infected with COVID-19, will be essential in developing potential treatments for the virus. JAX is ramping up delivery to meet the demand of 200 labs worldwide that have asked for mice. Read more in News Center Maine.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • AARP Issues Guidance for Families with Relatives in Assisted Living – With many nursing homes and assisted living facilities implementing strict no-visitor policies, AARP is providing guidance to families with loved ones in such a facility. The guide offers tools to handle uncertainty as well as questions for families to ask to ensure their relatives are safe. The Vermont Digger
  • Wells Fargo Expands Participation in Relief Lending – After receiving a modification on its asset cap, Wells Fargo will continue to offer emergency relief loans to a broad set of small businesses and nonprofits under the Small Business Administration’s programs. The expansion aims to bring much-needed aid to the bank’s smaller customers as they weather loss of revenue during stay-at-home orders. Read more in The Boston Business Journal.

Community Response

  • Harvard University Creates Initiative to Support First Responders – The Harvard UniversityH. Chan School of Public Health has partnered with Thrive Global and the Creative Artists Agency to launch #FirstRespondersFirst, a new effort to support first responders physically as well as psychologically during this demanding time. Learn more about this resource and how to support he initiative here, or read more in our blog post.
  • Beacon Health Options Creates Mental Health Resource Hub – Beacon Health Options has partnered with a coalition of mental health groups, government agencies, and insurance providers to create The Mental Health Resource Hub, a free digital resource package aimed at helping individuals and providers with mental health care during the pandemic. The collection includes video, written, and audio resources for maintaining wellness and addressing mental health concerns. The Wilson Post has more.
  • P&G Gillette Contributes to Relief EffortsP&G Gillette has started producing hand sanitizer both for its employees and to donate to organizations in need. The company is donating supplies—including thousands of masks and other protective equipment—from its existing stock to hospitals, relief organizations, and health agencies. The Cincinnati Business Courier has more.
  • UnitedHealth Group Transforms Cafeteria into Free Meal Site – To provide free meals to those in need near its Hartford, CT campus, UnitedHealth Group has shifted operations in their campus cafeteria to provide free meals for the community. The facility is expected to provide up to 11,200 meals weekly for at least seven weeks, joining similar initiatives by the company across the country. BusinessWire has 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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