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.
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COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION
OPTUMSERVE TESTING SITE OPENS IN BLOOMINGTON
The Monroe County OptumServe Covid-19 testing site in Bloomington is open. The site is currently taking appointments.
Testing is offered by appointment only and is available without a doctor’s order. People can register for an appointment by using the online portal at https://lhi.care/covidtesting. The portal is also accessible online on the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Coronavirus webpage https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2524.htm along with information on other Covid-19 testing sites available in the county.
Those without internet access can call (888) 634-1116 to make an appointment at the OptumServe testing site.
Testing hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. People who are 65 years old and older, have chronic illnesses or are otherwise considered high risk will be able to be tested for COVID-19 at the new site regardless of whether they display symptoms.
People must bring a patient ID number obtained when registering as well as a state ID to the appointment. There is no charge for the tests, but insurance will be billed if patients are insured.
“This will greatly increase capacity for testing in our community”, states Penny Caudill, Monroe County Health Department Administrator. The site is expected to be able to test up to 132 patients each day.
The testing site is one of 50 opened statewide through a partnership between ISDH and OptumServe. The Monroe County Health Department (MCHD) and the Monroe County Emergency Management (EMA) are assisting in the clinic opening.
The MCHD and EMA are also partnering in the “I Pledge” campaign, along with Monroe County, City of Bloomington, Indiana University and IU Health officials.
The campaign urges residents to commit to five Covid-19 prevention steps:
Maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Wash hands often for at least 20 seconds.
Wear a face covering or mask when in public.
Stay home when sick.
Get tested immediately if symptoms are present.
For more information, visit the Monroe County Health Department webpage at www.co.monroe.in.us/HealthDepartment.