September 22 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 22, 2020) roundup:

Medical Response

  • Harvard Medical School Develops COVID-19 Outbreak Tool – In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, Georgia Tech, and Boston Medical Center, Harvard Medical School has rolled out a new tool that uses machine learning to detect outbreaks in American counties. The tool has already been used to verify outbreaks. Read more here.
  • UMass Medical School Collaborates With Johns Hopkins on COVID-19 Treatment and PreventionUMass Medical School has begun research on two new treatment and prevention studies with Johns Hopkins. The studies will examine the efficacy of convalescent plasma in treatment procedures. Read more here.
  • South Shore Hospital Studies Mental Health Toll of COVD-19 – Researchers at South Shore Hospital have begun a study to analyze the mental health implications of ICU hospitalizations. The study seeks to clarify the lasting impacts of the pandemic on mental health. Read more here.

Economic/Business Continuity Response

  • Amid Pandemic, Greystone Achieves $1 Billion in Small Business Loan Originations – Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Greystone has surpassed a huge lending milestone, supporting workforce housing in markets across the country. Greystone is one of the first Optigo lenders to exceed $5 billion in origination since the program launched in 2014. Read more here.

Community Response

  • Health Care For All Compiles Comprehensive Healthcare Resources for Massachusetts Residents – Advocacy group Health Care for All has compiled a number of resources to support families and individuals in Massachusetts. The directory includes resources for particularly vulnerable and underserved populations. 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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