The Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps is issuing a call for volunteers to play a key role in protecting the community’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. There is a need for both medical and nonmedical personnel.
Medical professionals of all types are needed, including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, emergency medical technicians, dentists and others. Nonmedical volunteers are used in a number of ways, including as translators, logistics support, staffing the information line, performing key clinic roles and other nonmedical functions.
“Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps volunteers have been working every day, seven days a week for the last five months. With society reopening and many of these folks now going back to work, the more people who can volunteer, whether they’re medical or nonmedical, the better,” said Loudoun County Health Director Dr. David Goodfriend.
MRC volunteers play a vital role in the county’s response to COVID-19. For example, they fully support the Health Department’s COVID-19 information line, assist with testing events and other initiatives, including contact investigations. Officials estimate that since the pandemic began, Loudoun MRC personnel have volunteered more than 7,400 hours, providing a cost-savings to the county of more $200,000.
“In addition to dealing with the current situation, we really rely on the MRC when it comes to our influenza vaccination campaigns and we’ll be focusing on that this fall because we want to get as many folks as possible vaccinated. And when the time comes, hopefully, for coronavirus vaccination campaigns, we would look to the MRC for help,” Goodfriend said.
More information about the MRC, including an online registration form, can be found at loudoun.gov/mrc.
Loudoun County encourages residents to stay informed about COVID-19.
Residents with questions about COVID-19 may call the Loudoun County Health Department’s information line, 703-737-8300, or send an email.
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