August 25 Weekly 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 week, 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 weekly 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 Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (August 25, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • UnitedHealth Group’s Diverse Team Responds to COVID-19UnitedHealth Group has assembled a team of 120,000 frontline healthcare workers, who have been working in tandem with 35,000 data scientists to help fight COVID-19. The taskforce will be utilizing telehealth to ensure easy access to care and support vulnerable populations. Read more .
  • Harvard Medical Publishes Study on Children and COVID-19 Harvard Medical School researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital for Children have published a comprehensive study on children, adolescents, and young adults with COVID-19. The team found that age did not affect the ability of young children can carry a high viral load, even when asymptomatic. Read more here.
  • BIDMC Researchers Create Tool for Rapid Insights into COVID-19 – Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have worked with nearly two dozen internal collaborators to develop a platform to rapidly aggregate statistics of patients with COVID-19, and display the results. The platform contains data from hospitals in five different countries, and has already yielded intriguing preliminary insights into the disease. Read more here.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Codman Square Health Center Reopens for Routine Medical CareCodman Square Health Center, located in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, will be reopening for routine medical care four months after focusing exclusively on care for COVID-19 and urgent care. Codman will continue to utilize telehealth as the health center resumes normal operations. Read more here.
  • MIT Medical Performs 8,000 Tests in One Week Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has significantly ramped up testing during the school’s phase 2 reopening plan, conducting approximately 10% of the total number of tests in Massachusetts for that time period. The school will test everyone on campus one to two times per week. Read more here.

Community Response

  • Fallon Health Canal Diggers 5K Health and Wellness Event Goes VirtualFallon Health recently held their annual Canal Diggers 5K virtually to encourage people to continue social distancing while still enjoying Worcester’s most popular 5K race. Fallon Health’s COVID-19 response has also included donating $100,000 to community-based non-profit health care organizations. Read more here.
  • MGH Study Suggests Vulnerable Populations are Hardest Hit – Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have unveiled several trends, including vulnerable populations have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and have also experienced high rates of disease-related complications. The study also found a need for post-discharge care and monitoring, and recommended increasing support for patients once they have left the hospital. Read more here.

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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