June 17 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 17, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Harvard Awarded $16 Million to Develop COVID-19 Therapy – The Wyss Institute at Harvard University has been awarded a $16 million grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to identify and develop a therapy to prevent or treat COVID-19. Over the next year, the funds will also be used to support the university’s collaborations with other institutions in search of a therapy. Read more.
  • AARP, Howard University Announce Partnership to Confront Health, Technology Disparities Among Older PatientsAARP and Howard University are collaborating on a new project to address the health and technology disparities among older patients during and after the pandemic. With older adults more at risk to become infected and less likely to have access to the necessary virtual health services, the partnership will conduct two projects to combat these discrepancies. Read more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Northeast Delta Dental Providing $3 Million in Insurance Premium Relief Northeast Delta Dental is providing nearly $3 million in premium relief to members in Vermont. Each customer will receive a credit equal to approximately one month’s premium to alleviate financial strain as a result of the pandemic. Vermont Biz
  • Northeast Arc Transitions to Remote Early Intervention Northeast Arc is continuing to provide critical early-intervention services to families of children with disabilities despite restrictions against typical at-home visits. By adopting a telehealth model, Northeast Arc is able to assist children across Massachusetts with learning differences. The Daily Item has more.
  • MIT Outlines Safe, Unsafe Activities as States Reopen – Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have published a recent study identifying which activities and businesses carry the most risk for COVID-19 exposure. As states and regions begin resuming economic activity and lifting stay-at-home orders, the study provides a ranking of activities by safety, as well as safer alternatives whenever possible. Read more in Fast Company.

Community Response

  • Alzheimer’s Association Providing Free Virtual Support Groups – The Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/New Hampshire chapter is offering free, online support groups for caregivers during the pandemic. The groups provide necessary connection and information to caregivers while their normal resources are closed. The Sentinel & Enterprise reports.
  • Aflac Commits $2 Million to Production of Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers – Aflac has donated $2 million, through the Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), to efforts aimed at producing protective equipment for healthcare workers. Aflac’s contribution will also be used in the development of new medical equipment worldwide. Read 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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