May 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 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 19, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • UMass Memorial Dedicates New Unit to Patients Needing Both COVID-19 and Psychiatric CareUMass Memorial Medical Center has established a dedicated new unit to treat COVID-19 patients who also require in-patient psychiatric treatment. The Psychiatric Treatment and Recovery Center takes into account the unique needs of these patients to balance safety and compassionate medical care. CBS reports.
  • Building Trades Unions Donates $3 Million to Stem Cell TherapyBuilding Trades Unions (BTU) has committed $3 million to support The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s research (DRIF) on using stem cells to treat COVID-19 symptoms. To further support the research, BTU will continue to raise money up to the $30 million DRIF requires to provide the therapy to families at no cost. Read more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • SMCC Offering Free Summer Classes for Maine High School Graduates – All Maine high school graduates will be eligible to take two free online college courses at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) in a variety of subjects. The program, offered at all seven of the state’s community colleges, aims to enable students to advance their higher education while saving money on tuition. Read more in the Bangor Daily News.
  • CBIA President Featured in Op-Ed on Safely Reopening – Joe Brennan, President of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), wrote an op-ed for the Hartford Business Journal detailing how businesses across Connecticut and the country can resume economic activity while maintaining public health and safety. By following guidelines from all levels of government to keep employees and consumers safe, President Brennan says, business can restart if individuals do their part as well.

Community Response

  • American Airlines, Deloitte Deliver 40,000 Pieces of Protective Gear to Healthcare WorkersAmerican Airlines and Deloitte have partnered to provide 40,000 pieces of protective equipment to healthcare workers. Delivered from China, the equipment is part of a larger campaign from the two companies to provide areas of the country most heavily affected by COVID-19 with essential equipment. Read more.
  • Delta Dental of Massachusetts to Offer Financial Relief to Dentists Delta Dental of Massachusetts has donated $2 million to relief efforts specifically targeted to aid dentists and community dental offices across the Commonwealth. In addition, Delta Dental has committed to raise $2 million for its own recovery fund. Read more.
  • Providence Using Art Initiative to Support Artists, Maintain Community – The City of Providence, RI—in place of its famous annual art parade “PVD Fest”—is using art to support artists facing financial strain from the pandemic while celebrating the city’s artistic history. RI Arts, launched by Governor Gina Raimondo (D-RI), aims to connect communities through art to provide financial relief to artists. Forbes has more.

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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