May 14 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.
South Shore Health Begins Mobile Health Program – A new mobile healthcare unit from South Shore Health allows those who are homebound and unable to visit a testing location to receive assistance from paramedics and a follow-up telehealth appointment with a physician. Launched in Weymouth, MA, the program has provided testing to over 400 patients in their own homes. Read more in the Patriot Ledger.
Brigham and Women’s Using Transparent Masks for Patients Who Read Lips – Brigham and Women’s Hospital has created transparent masks for workers to wear when caring for patients who are deaf, hard of hearing, or otherwise rely on lip reading. Developed by the hospital’s Disability Task Force, the masks reduce the communication barrier between patients and workers while still remaining safe. CBS has more.
Economic/Business Continuity Response
Zipcar Launches New Offerings and Discounts for Users – To provide flexibility and ease of access to vehicles, Zipcar has launched its Instant Access program to enable members to join the car-sharing network quickly. Zipcar is also offering incentives for users to remain local and programs to enable them to use the same vehicle for safety and reliability. Read the release here.
Simmons University Reveals Fully Online Undergraduate Program – Simmons University has announced a new online undergraduate program to complement a traditional, in-person experience as uncertainty surrounds the upcoming fall semester. The new program will be offered to both new and returning students to enable them to earn a degree completely online while still maintaining facets of a more traditional education. Read more from CBS.
Santander Donates $1.3 Million to Support Relief Efforts – Santander will distribute charitable grants totaling $1.3 million to 18 nonprofits in communities where the bank operates. The grants come as part of Santander’s $3 million commitment to support communities hit hardest by the virus and resulting financial hardship. Read the release.
Tufts Providing Campus Areas for Food Relief Groups – Tufts University is allowing a group of food rescue organizations to use one of its dining halls to meet their increased demand for space and resources. The building will be used by three Massachusetts nonprofits as their workers and volunteers collect, sort, and distribute larger amounts of food to communities facing food insecurity. Read more in Tufts Now.
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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