June 9 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 9, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Brigham and Women’s Expands Free COVID-19 TestingBrigham and Women’s Hospital is expanding its free diagnostic COVID-19 testing to the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston, one of the hardest-hit areas of the city. Residents of both Mission Hill and nearby Roxbury can receive free testing in addition to resources on food and housing assistance. Read more in the Mission Hill Gazette.
  • Eli Lilly Antibody Treatment Enters Clinical Trials Eli Lilly has entered its antibody treatment for COVID-19 into clinical trials, both in the United States and abroad. The trial seeks to evaluate the efficacy of the antibody treatment in healthy volunteers that have not been infected with COVID-19. Lilly has also begun testing therapies for diagnosed patients to shorten hospital stays and reduce respiratory effects. Read more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • New Balance Manufacturing Masks for Businesses Amid Reopening New Balance is continuing to manufacture masks and protective equipment for businesses, schools, and individuals as they begin operations again. The manufacturer has already made more than 1 million face masks in its New England factories. The Boston Globe reports.
  • City of Boston Expands Summer Youth Jobs Program – The City of Boston is providing an additional $4.1 million to its youth summer jobs program, offering employment and experience for young adults during the pandemic. New funds from the city will grow the program to provide 8,000 jobs to youth in public service, graphic design, and nonprofit work. CBS has more.

Community Response

  • Maine Credit Union Launches $100,000 Campaign to Address Food Insecurity – The Maine Credit Union League has launched a new fundraising campaign with the Good Shepherd Food Bank to support local hunger relief efforts. With COVID-19 increasing food insecurity in Maine and the United States, the month-long campaign will direct funds to local food pantries in Maine communities as well as statewide efforts led by Good Shepherd. The Bangor Daily News has more.
  • Harvard Awards 27 Grants to Nonprofit Relief EffortsHarvard University has provided 27 emergency grants to nonprofit organizations in Boston to address the increased needs of communities due to COVID-19. The Allston-Brighton Emergency Response Grant provides up to $5,000 in assistance to organizations supporting a wide variety of relief efforts. Read more in The Crimson.

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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