June 4 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.
UMaine Conducting Study on Pandemic-Era Requirements on Mental Health – Researchers at the University of Maine (UMaine) have begun studying the long-term effects of public health mandates on behavior—such as wearing a face covering in public—on mental health. The study will also examine variations in individual’s perceptions related to face coverings among different groups. News Center Maine has more.
Novartis, MGH, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Partner to Produce Vaccine for Free – Novartis has joined with scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Massachusetts Eye and Ear to develop a vaccine candidate for COVID-19. Should the candidate developed by the partnership advance to production, Novartis has pledged to manufacture the vaccine free of charge. BioPharma reports.
Dartmouth Researchers Studying Antibody Response for Potential Vaccine – Dartmouth College researchers are examining the antibodies from recovered COVID-19 patients to determine if the results could be applied to a vaccine candidate. The study will provide valuable insight into recovered patients’ immune response to the virus and how prior exposure to other coronaviruses, including the common cold, affects recovery. Read more from NBC5.
Economic/Business Continuity Response
BIDMC Improves Telehealth Visits with New Technology – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has launched a new service within its telehealth offerings to expedite administrative tasks and improve patient experiences. OurNotes allows patients to enter vital signs, medication history, and other necessary information so providers can focus on treating patients in less time. Becker’s Hospital Review reports.
Fasken Publishes Bulletin on Managing Financial Difficulties Within Business Networks – Law firm Fasken has released a series of recommendations and solutions for business and franchise owners to minimize financial strain while economic activity is drastically reduced. The publication offers five key strategies to aid businesses in developing personal economic resiliency in response to the pandemic.
Anthem Providing $2.5 Billion of Assistance to Consumers, Providers, Relief Efforts – Anthem has committed $2.5 billion in financial assistance to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Recipients of the funds will include Anthem customers, providers, and community organizations facing financial strain due to the pandemic. Premium credits, expansions of coverage, food insecurity grants, funding support, and more will be offered to support businesses and communities. Read more.
Eastern Bank Commits Additional $5 Million to Relief Efforts – The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has pledged another $5 million to support COVID-19 relief efforts in the areas it serves. This donation will be used to help childcare centers, refugees, victims of domestic violence, and more through community organizations. The latest round of support is part of the $14 million the bank is expected to fundraise and donate by the end of the year. The Cape Cod Times 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.