June 15 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 Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (June 15, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • DHMC Enters New COVID-19 Clinical Trial – Scientists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) are participating in a new FDA-approved clinical trial to study a pneumonia drug’s ability to treat COVID-19 patients. Lenzilumab has potential to halt the progression of respiratory symptoms in hospitalized patients. Valley News has more.
  • MGH Researchers Publish Study on Prevalence of Virus in Pregnant Population – A new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) examined both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 infection in pregnant patients. The study highlights the unique importance of testing pregnant patients for both community and individual spread to inform public health decisions. Read more.
  • Brigham and Women’s Creates Team to Implement New Patient Care Technique – The newly-established Prone Team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital moves patients from lying on their back to their stomach, a position that has proven effective in COVID-19 patients. The teams, working in Intensive Care Units, have been deployed support physicians working with patients on ventilators. NBC Boston reports.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Deloitte CEO Pens Series on Resilient Leadership – Global consulting firm Deloitte has published guidance offering strategies on leadership for firms as they navigate business during a pandemic. “The Heart of Resilient Leadership” provides business leaders with advice and best practices for leading during the age of COVID-19. Read more here.
  • UMass Amherst Hosts Annual Solstice Presentations – The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst is still holding its annual presentations for the summer solstice at the campus’s Sunwheel. The university will require physical distancing and other preventative health measures, but will allow visitors to visit the Sunwheel to view the astronomical beginnings of summer. Read more from Boston.com.

Community Response

  • SNHU Partners with Local Schools to Combat Food Insecurity in CommunitySouthern New Hampshire University (SNHU), in partnership with the Manchester, NH, school district, is distributing meals to local families who arefacing food insecurity due to the pandemic. Over the past 12 weeks, the program has delivered 87,000 meals—using the district’s school buses—to students and adults alike. WMUR reports.
  • Red Cross Launches Platform to Help Those Facing Pandemic Losses – The American Red Cross of Massachusetts has created a Virtual Family Assistance Center to offer support and resources to families coping with grief and loss due to COVID-19. The program connects users with services and volunteers, virtual and in their community, to provide mental health and spiritual care, among other services. WWLP 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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