June 2 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 (June 2, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center Expands TestingEast Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) has announced that it is expanding testing services to residents in East Boston, Chelsea, and other hard-hit communities in the Boston area. EBNHC has established multiple testing sites to increase access and offers resources and support for those who test positive for COVID-19. Read more from the Chelsea Record.
  • Sanofi Developing New Vaccine Candidate from Modified SARS Vaccine – Sanofi, in its Connecticut-based division, is modifying its previous work on a SARS vaccine to expedite it’s new COVID-19 vaccine candidate. In addition to vaccine development, the company is preparing its manufacturing infrastructure to distribute the potential vaccine should it be given approval. The Hartford Business Journal reports.
  • Harvard, MIT Researchers Creating Masks to Detect COVID19 Infection Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing new masks designed to detect COVID-19 infection in patients. The masks produce a fluorescent signal when an infected patient breathes, sneezes, or coughs on the mask, adding another layer of diagnostic screening to prevent false negatives. Business Insider has more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Lowe’s Releases Virtual Tool for Remote Home Repairs Lowe’s has launched a new video chat service to connect home repair professionals with customers. Lowe’s for Pros JobSight allows professionals to consult with customers without exposure to COVID-19 and allows them to continue working safely. CNBC has more.
  • MA League of Community Health Center Exec Featured for Work on Reopening Committee – In an interview with WBUR, Michael Curry, senior vice president at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, spoke about his work on the committee to reopen Boston. Commissioned by Mayor Marty Walsh (D-MA), the 27-person task force—which includes several NEC members—advises the mayor on how to safely resume economic activity in the city.

Community Response

  • Bolger & O’Hearn Donates Over 700 Pounds of Hand SanitizerBolger & O’Hearn (B&O) has donated 722 pounds of hand sanitizer—the equivalent of more than 3,600 individual containers—to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The donation is part of B&O’s ongoing initiative to supply essential and healthcare workers with protective and sanitary supplies. Read more from IFAI.
  • TD Bank Partners With Portland Community to Provide Meals to Essential Workers – TD Bank, in partnership with local restaurants and organizations, is providing meals to essential workers in Portland, ME. The donated food was delivered to North East Mobile Health Services, Maine’s largest ambulance network, to offer support to essential workers. News Center Maine 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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