September 16 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 16, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Researchers Find Encouraging Results in COVID-19 Testing Pilot – Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center have found that CRISPR-based diagnostic tests could be a viable option in detecting the absence or presence of COVID-19. The 20-person team hopes to develop a faster alternative to standard tests. Read more here.
  • Harvard Medical School Researchers Find COVID-19 Blood Clot Connection – Research from Harvard Medical School, working in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, have found that critically ill COVID-19 patients with both high and low levels of the blood clotting protein factor V are at a higher risk of other severe complications. Read more here.

Community Response

  • United Way Provides COVID-19 Relief, Urges Further Action to Protect Vulnerable CommunitiesUnited Way of Massachusetts Bay has raised over $8 million in direct relief funding, and distributed the funds to frontline communities most impacted by the virus. United Way is also urging others to follow suit in supporting areas hit hardest by the pandemic. Read more here.
  • Northeastern University Researchers Find that Countries Hoarding a COVID-19 Vaccine Could Cause Twice as Many Global Deaths – According to new research from Northeastern University’s Modeling of Biological & Social-Economic Systems (MOBS) Lab, the potential stockpiling of a COVID-19 vaccine by countries with greater financial resources could result in twice as many deaths, as compared to equal distribution of the vaccine once available. Northeastern partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the research, which found that equally distributing the COVID-19 vaccine—once available–could in fact avert 61% of deaths from the virus. 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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