May 12 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 12, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Jackson Labs Assists CT Community with Testing of First Responders The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is partnering with the town of West Hartford, CT, to expand the availability of testing for first local responders and their families. JAX will provide rapid diagnostic tests to allow town and state leaders to fully understand the virus’s impact on as they weigh appropriate reopening measures. Read more.
  • Boston University Researching Low-Tech Recovery Tips for COVID-19Boston University is studying potential medical practices that could reduce hospital stays due to COVID-19 without additional medical equipment. Simple practices—such as patients lying prone on their stomachs—are being tested on COVID-19 patients after previous research showed reduced deaths in patients using these techniques. Read more in The Brink.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Verizon Continues to Expand Fixed Wireless Access – As broadband usage has shifted significantly to more residential, less urban areas in recent months, Verizon has committed to expand its fixed wireless access (FWA) in 10 more markets before the end of the year. The wireless provider also plans to expand 5G service across the country as remote work increases residential demand. Read more.
  • MIT Sloan School Releases Plan to Guide Reopening EffortsEconomists Recommend Federal Research Committee – Economists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently published  recommendations on how to best resume economic activity following the COVID-19 pandemic, calling for the federal government to establish a COVID-19 Defense Research Committee, similar to the National Defense Research Committee convened in 1940 to support the war effort. Drs. Pierre Azoulay and Benjamin Jones suggest that this committee could coordinate and fund solutions to the pandemic. SciTech Daily has more.

Community Response

  • Bank of New Hampshire Donates $10,000 to Food Bank – The Bank of New Hampshire has donated $10,000 to the New Hampshire Food Bank, providing the equivalent of 20,000 meals for those facing food insecurity across the state. The donation will also support a mobile food pantry to serve homebound and self-isolating families. WMUR has more.
  • Boeing Transports Protective Equipment to ProvidersBoeing has completed another transport mission to deliver protective gear from China to the United States to provide medical professionals with essential equipment. The shipment contained 150,000 face shields and protective eyewear for healthcare workers to increase testing and aid reopening efforts. Read more.
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Provides $900,000 for Maine Nonprofits – In its most recent round of grants, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has donated almost $900,000 to more than 60 nonprofit organizations in Maine. The donations focus on aiding organizations that are addressing immediate community needs, such as food insecurity and services for immigrant families. Read more in the Piscataquis Observer.

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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