May 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 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 18, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Begins Plasma Therapy TrialsDartmouth-Hitchcock is testing the use of convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients on current patients as an additional therapy for the virus. The latest in a series of trials from the medical center, the new study will join medical providers around the world in using convalescent plasma on patients. Read more form the Sentinel Source.
  • Beth Israel Opens Drive-Through Testing SiteBeth Israel Lahey Health (BILH) has partnered with the town of Randolph, MA, to open a testing site in the town. The site will offer testing to residents of Randolph regardless of insurance or immigration status. Read more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Curry College Partners with Tufts for Healthcare Student Program Curry College nursing students are partnering with Tufts Medical Center to provide students with critical experience and the hospital with much-needed assistance. Volunteers are assisting nurses with moving patients, stocking supplies, and more. Read more from Wicked Local Marshfield.
  • JPMorgan Hosting Virtual Event on Veteran, Business Community Resilience – On Wednesday, May 20, JPMorgan Chase & Co is hosting a virtual discussion with business and veteran community leaders to discuss moving forward in a changing economy. The event will focus on workplace safety and response efforts to respond to the crisis. Registration can be found here. Read more.
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance Enters Partnership to Measure Impact in Communities – A new partnership between Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) and data company Looker is allowing CCA to measure the impact COVID-19 has had on the communities it serves. In addition to the needs of the area, the partnership allows CCA to monitor delivery and effectiveness of aid to its patients. Read the press release here.

Community Response

  • Tufts Community Prepares Care Packages for COVID-19 Patients Experiencing Homelessness – A group of Tufts University medical students and staff are preparing and delivering care packages to members of the homeless population who have been infected with COVID-19. The packages contain hygiene products and activity books to help the most vulnerable stay safe and connected. Read more from the Boston Globe.
  • Bellwether Community Credit Union Donates Meals to Hospital Staff Bellwether Community Credit Union has donated meals to local hospitals—including Catholic Medical Center—to support staff as they work in dangerous conditions. More than 100 meals from the credit union were distributed across Massachusetts and New Hampshire hospitals. Benzinga reports.

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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