August 7 Biweekly 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. Twice weekly, 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 twice 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 7, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Harvard Medical To Start Testing Cystic Fibrosis Drug for Severe COVID-19 PneumoniaHarvard Medical announced that it will soon begin testing dornase alfa, an existing cystic fibrosis drug, on patients experiencing pneumonia and respiratory failure due to COVID-19. Harvard Medical is joined by Boston Children’s and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals in the study. Read more here
  • Dr. Fauci joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for Discussion – Dartmouth-Hitchcock medical center met virtually with renowned epidemiologist Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss school reopening plans and how the COVID-19 pandemic will play out in coming months. The group of seven doctors stressed that there is no one-size-fits-all method for school re-openings. The group emphasized the importance of returning children to school and asserted that safety should be the number one priority. Read more here.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Dell Partners With American Express in Stand for Small CoalitionDell has partnered with American Express to offer a variety of services to small businesses. Resources include 50% off for small businesses in technology purchases as well as expert guidance on issues related to business continuity. The coalition also offers digital networking opportunities and webinars. Read more here

Community Response

  • MIT Medical Offers Guidance for 15-minute COVID-19 Tests – MIT Medical is advising individuals taking a 15-minute COVID-19 antigen test to supplement that test with the more standard PCR test, particularly in cases of adding new people to households or “bubbles”. The 15-minute antigen test is a convenient tool to diagnose COVID-19, however MIT Medical stated that it is not as effective as the standard PCR test. Read more here
  • AllWays Health Partners Joined with Boston Resiliency Fund, Partnered with Community Servings to Support CommunityAllWays Health has joined the Boston Resiliency fund, which was started by the city of Boston to provide much needed resources to frontline workers, care providers, and families impacted by COVID-19. Additionally, AllWays Health has partnered with Community Servings to provide medically tailor-made meals to chronically ill and immunocompromised members of the Boston community. 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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