StateScoop: New York City launches portal to crowdsource COVID-19 information

StateScoop: New York City launches portal to crowdsource COVID-19 information. “New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications this week launched a new website aimed at getting residents to contribute to the city’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic by self-reporting symptoms or encounters with people who may have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 illness.”

ABC News: ‘Calling all scientists’: Experts volunteer for virus fight

ABC News: ‘Calling all scientists’: Experts volunteer for virus fight. “Michael Wells was looking for a chance to use his scientific training to help fight the coronavirus when — on the same day the pandemic forced his lab to temporarily close — he decided to create his own opportunity. ‘CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS,’ he tweeted on March 18. ‘Help me in creating a national database of researchers willing and able to aid in local COVID-19 efforts. This info will be a resource for institutions/(government) agencies upon their request.’ That’s how the 34-year-old neuroscientist at the Broad Institute and Harvard University launched a national effort to marshal scientists to volunteer in the fight against the virus.”

CNET: Facebook rolls out tool to make it easier to help during the coronavirus outbreak

CNET: Facebook rolls out tool to make it easier to help during the coronavirus outbreak. “Called Community Help and released in the US and four other countries on Tuesday, the online hub displays fundraisers and posts from Facebook users within 50 miles of their location who are requesting or offering assistance. Users can filter posts by categories such as supplies, transportation and business support, making it easier for them to connect with the right person or volunteer group. People on Facebook are already using features such as groups to help out, but the new Community Help tool will display all this information in one place.”

WZTV: Social Media movements encourage communities to produce masks amid COVID-19 shortage

WZTV: Social Media movements encourage communities to produce masks amid COVID-19 shortage. “The COVID-19 outbreak is leading to a shortage of face masks, but an increase in creativity. Social media movements are encouraging communities to produce makeshift masks for the most vulnerable.”

WKAR: Gov. Whitmer Urges Volunteerism At New State Website

WKAR: Gov. Whitmer Urges Volunteerism At New State Website. “On Monday Whitmer signed two supplemental budgets that will send another $150 million towards the fight against COVID-19. To date, Michigan has conducted at least 15,000 tests for the coronavirus, but officials warn the state is still several weeks away from the peak. Whitmer is urging the public to volunteer at a new website: http://www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19.”

CNET: How to help restaurants, hospitals and people during the coronavirus outbreak

CNET: How to help restaurants, hospitals and people during the coronavirus outbreak. “While the world braces for cases of the COVID-19 disease to swell and for the economic and social impacts to fully make themselves known, read on for ways you can act — from donating personal protective equipment to hospitals to remote volunteering or sending a letter to a stranger just to let them know you’re there.”

News 5 Cleveland: Web developer creates website to help shoppers navigate COVID-19 pandemic

News 5 Cleveland: Web developer creates website to help shoppers navigate COVID-19 pandemic. “With COVID-19 concerns causing many to panic-buy items at the grocery store, getting the essentials might end up a struggle for many shoppers. That’s how one web developer got the idea for a new website to help shoppers out. Quarantin.io, the website created by Chris Violette, allows users to check the stores around them and see what they have in stock before they leave the house.”