May 26 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 26, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • MGH Receives $100,000 Donation for Vaccine Development – Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has received $100,000 from New England Biolabs to support its COVID-19 vaccine research. The funds will be dedicated to the hospital’s Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center to aid its clinical trials and vaccine research. Read more.
  • UMass Students Volunteer to Support Public Health Efforts – More than 200 University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) students are supplementing the state’s public health efforts against the spread of COVID-19. From contact tracing to veteran assisted living support, the UMass students are offering their academic and personal skills to help the Commonwealth. Read more.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Bernstein Shur Forms Conflict Resolution Team – While courts remain closed or reopen slowly, law firm Bernstein Shur has launched its Conflict Evaluation and Resolution Team (CERT) to offer mediation services in place of court proceedings. The eight-member team will use traditional as well as novel methods of arbitration to allow for quality and impartial settlements. Read more in the Manchester Ink Link.

Community Response

  • Procter & Gamble Donates $2.5 Million to Humanitarian Aid – Protcter & Gamble (P&G) has donated $2.5 million to a Connecticut-based company that provides first responders and healthcare workers with protective equipment. Americares, the recipient, has also offered infection-control and protective supplies to 12 countries outside of the United States. The Stamford Advocate
  • Tufts Health Plan Launches Employee Relief Fund – To support its employees facing financial strain due to the pandemic, Tufts Health Plan has announced an employee relief fund. While the company has not laid off or furloughed any employees, the fund seeks to assist those who are facing reduced income from an infected household member or other hardship. Read more from Providence Business News.
  • Centene Donates $500,000 to National Domestic Violence Hotline – Centene Corporation has donated $500,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline to assist the organization as it continues to offer services and support to victims. Centene’s donation will help the hotline provide legal, mental health, and economic resources to survivors. Read more from the Webster County Citizen.

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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