March 18 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 will be 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’ll also be 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 also check our COVID-19 Virtual Events Calendar for information on upcoming COVID-19 related programming – including Congressional town halls and webinars presented by NEC members.

Here is today’s (March 18, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response:

  • Harvard University Creates Wellness Program for Healthcare Providers in Midst of Pandemic – Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are finding themselves overworked and with increased exposure to the virus as they try to fight back its spread. Harvard University’s  T.H. Chan School of Public Health has announced a new program, The Health and Wellness for All Program, to help people—especially medical professionals in the thick of the coronavirus outbreak—adopt healthy habits to reduce stress and improve health. The program will provide training, support, and exercises to reduce stress, and will even partner with other NEC members. Read more.
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals Says its Treatment Could be First Approved – After being one of the first companies to announce its progress in developing a treatment for the novel coronavirus, Takeda Pharmaceuticals claims its treatment—which utilizes a pervious, regulator-approved process using antibodies from recovered patients—could be among the first to be approved in the coming months. Bloomberg has more.


Economic/Business Continuity Response:

  • Denterlein Offers Guidance on Communicating During Crisis – Strategic communications firm Denterlein is has published guidance for business and organizations on best practices for communications and public relations in this crisis situation. The firm is also offering tips on  conference calls as more and more people are working remotely. Read the posts here.
  • Liberty Bay Credit Union Announces Emergency Loan Funds Liberty Bay Credit Union announced that it has developed an Emergency Loan Fund for its members. Offered at lower rates and with less stringent guidelines on repayment and lower interest rates, these loans will reduce expenses for those who require the emergency loan and allow additional relief for them. Read more.
  • Power Engineers Offers Tools to Connect with Clients Remotely – To service clients during the crisis, POWER Engineers, a global engineering consulting firm, has re-launched its Virtual Open House campaign.  VOH allows our clients a way to continue their conversations with project stakeholders though a virtual open house platform:.  Learn more.

Community Response:

  • Bank of America Commits $100 Million to Support Communities Around the Globe Bank of America will donate $100 million around the world to help those most affected by the virus at the local level. The funds will be used to increase medical responses, combat food insecurity, support access to online learning for students, and more. Read more.
  • Boston Beer Company Launches Grant Program for Full-Time Restaurant Employees – In the wake of new social distancing recommendations across New England and the country, Boston Beer Company has partnered with the Greg Hill Foundation to create the Restaurant Strong Fund, an online crowdsourcing campaign to provide grants to full-time restaurant workers whose job security has been impacted by the virus. Boston Beer Company started the fund with a $100,000 donation and has pledged to math up to an additional $100,000. The Boston Herald

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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