The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) is looking for health care volunteers to supplement the existing health care workforce and meet needs for patient care due to COVID-19. NC DHHS is seeking volunteers who are able to provide support in three areas:
- Clinical (physicians, advanced care providers, nurses, EMS)
- Clinical Support (pharmacy, imaging and respiratory care)
- Non-clinical support (facility maintenance, safety, and administrative)
Volunteers are also being asked to provide medical supplies as they are able, including personal protective equipment (PPE).
According to a letter from Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, “North Carolina has built a medical response capability through our state’s Health Care Coalitions (HCCs) that can augment all levels of care to citizens affected by a disaster event. The capability includes medical supplies and equipment, as well as volunteer health care and medical professionals who are willing to deploy to affected areas or facilities to provide patient care.”
Volunteer efforts are being organized and managed through the State Medical Response System (SMRS). Volunteers should register through the NC Training, Exercise, and Response Management System (NC TERMS). Detailed instructions on how to register are outlined in Dr. Cohen’s letter.
Local Health care Facilities affected by COVID-19 and in need of support can request assistance through their county’s Emergency Management program.
Visit ncdhhs.gov for more information on volunteer efforts in response to COVID-19.