September 1 Weekly 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. Once a week, 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 weekly 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 Federal Agency COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses page.

Here is today’s (September 1, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Catholic Medical Center Study Finds COVID-19 Obesity ConnectionCatholic Medical Center (CMC) has elected to keep their New England Weight Management Institute (NEWMI) open to in-person visits after research has suggested that obese patients may be at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19. CMC has also moved a number of support groups and informational sessions online to improve accessibility for patients. Read more here.
  • Harvard Medical School Identifies Mobile Technologies to Monitor COVID-19 Patients – Researchers from Harvard Medical School, along with dozens of experts from around the world, have identified a number of existing mobile technologies that can be used to monitor COVID-19 positive patients and support long-term care. The study found that self-reporting symptoms using smartphones can help predict outbreaks of the virus. Read more here.
  • UMass Memorial Hospital and Worcester City Officials Offer Free COVID-19 Testing UMass Memorial Hospital recently partnered with Worcester city officials to offer free COVID-19 testing. Organizers estimate that 700 tests were administered in just one day. Read more here.
  • UMass Medical School Announces Participation and Enrollment for Vaccine Trial UMass Medical School is now enrolling volunteers in the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine candidate trial. The study will safely examine the effects of the vaccine candidate on healthy, non-pregnant 18-85 year olds. The primary goal of the trial is to prevent the infection of COVID-19 for those who have not contracted the virus. Read more here.

Community Response

  • Beth Israel Study Examines Racial Disparity Among Massachusetts COVID-19 Cases – A recent study from researchers at Beth Israel Hospital has found that disparities in COVID-19 cases are evident across numerous demographics, including race, ethnicity, citizenship status, household size, and job type. The researchers concluded that further study and new policies are necessary to improve the health of disenfranchised groups in Massachusetts. Read more here.

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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