March 19 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 19, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • University of Massachusetts Device Could Forecast Future Respiratory Disease Outbreaks – A device that tracks symptoms of respiratory diseases and crowd size in real time to model trends of sickness from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) could become the next in a line of tools developed during the outbreak to monitor symptoms and potential outbreaks. Although FluSense was created before the COVID-19 outbreak, it is now being tested at the population level to test for the presence of respiratory diseases. MassLive has more.
  • MilliporeSigma Supports Research EffortsMilliporeSigma has committed to providing researchers with the necessary materials, products and services that can aid the global scientific effort to fight this novel virus. The company has consolidated this product offering on a dedicated COVID-19 webpage, providing approximately 125 products and corresponding information for academic labs and biopharmaceutical companies working to combat the virus. while remaining committed to the safety of employees and customers. Read more.
  • GE Healthcare to Increase Production of Crucial Medical Devices – As communities find themselves with an increasing number of confirmed cases and diminishing medical supplies, General Electric’s GE Healthcare business has increased production of ventilators, as well as CT scanners and ultrasound devices to better prepare providers. Physicians Weekly has more.
  • New England Life-Science Industry “at Forefront” of Disease Mitigation – From vaccines and diagnostic tests to health infrastructure and local leadership, New England and its thriving life science industry has become a leader in fighting the coronavirus. Read more in the Boston Globe.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • MITRE Publishes Recommendations for Short-Term Actions to Curb Spread – A new whitepaper published by MITRE provides recommendations for leaders at all levels, but also for businesses and individuals, to help flatten the curve and prevent further spread of the virus.

Community Response

  • JPMorgan Chase Makes $50 Million Investment for Global Health ResponseJPMorgan Chase has announced a $50 million commitment to a variety of causes, from humanitarian community relief and supporting small businesses to long-term investments in a shifting business landscape. Read the release here.
  • Dominion Energy Commits $1 Million to Relief EffortsDominion Energy is contributing $1 million to COVID-19 efforts across the country. Working with the American Red Cross as well as local nonprofits in areas it provides services to, the company will provide relief to these communities and continue to provide energy services without fear of shutoffs during the crisis. The press release from Dominion has more.
  • MassMutual Donates $1 Million to Response FundMassMutual has donated $1 million to the COVID-19 Response Fund, established by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, to relieve the pressures of the pandemic on local families and individuals. Read more in MassLive.

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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