June 22 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 22, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • MIT Researchers Develop Protein to Potentially Prevent Virus Replication – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms has designed a protein chain that could bind to the novel coronavirus and inhibit its replication in humans. The potential therapy now moves to further human cell trials before being used in animal tests. Read more.
  • UMass Memorial Doctors Create New Technique to Treat Symptoms – Doctors at UMass Memorial Medical Center have developed a new process, using a catheter, to combat strokes—a possible side effect of infection—in COVID-19 patients. By utilizing the technique pioneered at UMass Memorial, doctors have been able to treat stroke patients and respond to their infection more effectively. The Worcester Telegram reports.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • BCBSNH Launches Virtual Dental Services Partnership Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire (BCBSNH)has partnered with The TeleDentists, a with remote dental care service, to provide customers with increased access to oral care. Through the partnership, the network’s members will be able to receive virtual dental services at no cost in order to reduce exposure to the virus while promoting the importance of oral health. Read more.
  • Autodesk Expands Cloud Collaboration Products Access Autodesk has expanded access to its cloud collaboration products, allowing for free commercial access to its popular applications. Programs essential to industries ranging from animation to engineering will now be available to customers who have transitioned to remote work. Read more here.

Community Response

  • Aflac Donates $1 Million to Crisis Hotline for Essential WorkersAflac has committed $1 million to Crisis Text Line, a global nonprofit offering virtual mental health support. Aflac’s donation will be used to develop the organization’s new platform, For the Frontlines, designed to provide crisis support to essential workers experiencing emotional distress while working during the pandemic. Read more.
  • Morgan Stanley Awards $10 Million to Black-Owned Businesses Morgan Stanley has awarded $10 million in grants to minority depository institutions (MDIs) to support their efforts in assisting Black-owned businesses and communities deal with the economic fallout of the pandemic. The banks will use the grants to support recovery efforts as well as businesses in Black communities. Read more in Black Enterprise.

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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