COVID-19 RESOURCES AND UPDATES
We are in this together, and we are here for you!
Dear MOCMS members,
During this unprecedented time, the Monroe Owen County Medical Society is reaching out across our community to offer support and assistance. We commit ourselves to connecting physicians to the most up-to-date and relevant information available on Coronavirus. We are coordinating with the healthcare systems in the community, including the Bloomington Health Foundation, IU Health, HealthNet, Indiana University Health Center, and Monroe Hospital. We will continue to support our physician members with opportunities for socializing and networking during this stressful time, when you just may need to talk to another physician who understands.
Please see our links to the ISMA and Indiana Department of Health coronavirus webpages for updated guidance on testing, legal and policy issues and supporting a practice during the pandemic.
IN Department of Health: https://coronavirus.in.gov/
Please see the links below to offer your services as a medical volunteer:
1) Indiana Department of Health Survey for Healthcare Reserves-- an attempt by the IN DHS to ascertain the depth of healthcare reserves available.
The IN DHS plans on releasing a Registration Link soon to formally register volunteers and check licensure.
2) Monroe County Medical Reserve Corps: this will be for assisting later in the pandemic in the event of a vaccine clinic or further testing clinics. Visit www.monroemrc.com to begin the process.
3) IU Health-- Web-based deployment survey. It's not clear to me if IU Health will be hiring non-IU Health employees who complete this survey, or if the service will be on a voluntary basis. https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2tPPuRhxwkHH5qJ.
We know that medicine is a calling and a service. During historic times like this, each of us is doing our best to fulfill that calling and to serve our patients, our families and selves, and our community. Please know that MOCMS is here to support you.
Let's be in touch.
Laura Knudson, MD
Monroe Owen County Medical Society
Physician Support Line is a free and confidential support line service made up of 400+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues as we all navigate the COVID-19 epidemic. Free. Confidential. No appointment necessary.
Call 1-888-409-0141. CLICK HERE for more information.
COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION
For ISDH information concerning Covid-19 please see link. https://coronavirus.in.gov/files/IN_COVID-19_Health%20Care%20Worker%20guidance_03.16.20.pdf
Local information regarding testing:
Monroe County Health Department:
The IU Health lab began accepting orders for outpatients, including scheduling specimen collection through one of our remote specimen collection locations.
A fixed number of testing slots will be available each day for patients as we are still growing our testing capability.
The guidelines for ordering outpatient testing are:
Patient is an established IU Health patient
Testing is indicated which would alter patient management
Avoid testing in asymptomatic patients
Tests done through Quest and LabCorp take 7-10 days for results