May 11 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 (May 11, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Brigham and Women’s Offering Hunger Screening with COVID-19 Testing – Brigham Health—which includes Brigham and Women’s Hospital will begin testing residents of Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood for COVID-19 and will also screen residents for food insecurity, as the pandemic is exacerbating existing food insecurity in the area. Brigham Health will also offer boxes of fresh food, protective equipment, and educational materials for residents. reports.
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Studies Testing Immune Response, Treatments for Virus – A new study from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will examine the immune response of recovered COVID-19 patients to understand genetic influences in recovery time. The studies will use DNA sequencing to determine if there is a connection between genetics and disease severity and recovery. Another study will use the FDA-approved remdesivir to treat severe COVID-19 cases. VTDigger has more.
  • Eli Lilly Partnering with Chinese Company on COVID-19 Antibody Therapy Eli Lilly has announced it is collaborating with Shanghai-based Junshi Biosciences to develop antibody treatments for COVID-19. The companies hope to begin clinical trials later this year in the race for a potential treatment. Read more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Lasell College Offers Students Options for Fall Instruction – Students at Lasell University will have a variety of choices as to how they will continue their education in the fall. Dependent on government guidelines, Lasell students will be able to choose from three options, including the traditional residential, classroom-based model, living on campus and participating in online classes, or living off campus and participating in online classes. The flexibility aims to ease families’ worries among uncertainty surrounding the upcoming school year. Read more in the Boston Business Journal.
  • PwC Develops Contact-Tracing App for Employees –PwC has created an app to monitor the health and safety of its employees through contact tracing. Using signals from employees’ phones, the app measures how long individuals are in contact to measure their risk of transmission. The app will allow the company to plan a safe return to the workplace and monitor future COVID-19 cases internally. CNBC has more.
  • Fasken Provides Guidance for Manufacturing Ventilators – As an increasing number of factories shift production, Fasken is providing legal guidance for manufacturing companies on how to safely and legally begin producing ventilators. The law firm breaks down the types of ventilators that can be made by common manufacturers, the legal requirements, and more. Read more from Engineering News

Community Response

  • Boston Scientific Manufactures, Donates 1 Million Face Shields Boston Scientific will manufacture and donate 1 million face shields to healthcare facilities in 40 states and territories. The company partnered with GetUsPPE, a volunteer organization providing healthcare professionals with protective equipment, to deliver the shields to facilities with the highest demand. Read more from P&T Community
  • Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Donates to Adult Education Programs Bar Harbor Bank & Trust has donated to nonprofit organizations to support educational programs for low-income adults across New England. The donation will cover costs associated with the sudden shift to remote instruction for students pursuing educational and career training. Read more in the Vermont Business Magazine.

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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