MAG MRC COVID-19 Response Team deployed, seeks more volunteers

The Medical Association of Georgia Medical Reserve Corps (MAG MRC) is encouraging applicable Georgians – including physicians and retired physicians, PAs, APRNs, nurses, dentists, EMTs, pharmacists, medical students, and fourth-year pharmacy students – to volunteer for its COVID-19 Response Team.

“The MAG MRC COVID-19 Response Team has played an important role in the state’s response to the outbreak since March 23,” says MAG MRC Medical Director John. S. Harvey, M.D. “Since then, we have grown from 80 volunteers to more than 300 volunteers who are available for deployment. And another 300 volunteers are in different stages in the registration process, but we still need more volunteers to ensure that we are prepared for our peak needs.”

Dr. Harvey reports that more than 30 MAG MRC COVID-19 Response Team members have already been deployed at health care sites across the state, including the state’s operation and virtual operations centers – as well as Thomasville, Valdosta, Bibb County, Clark County, Fulton County, Mitchell County, Randolph County, and Tift County.

“Most of our volunteers are expected to serve in their area, whether that’s working at a health care facility or using a telehealth option – but some may be asked to travel to other parts of the state if the virus overwhelms a community’s health care capacity,” explains Dr. Harvey. “Once a health care facility’s request for assistance has been approved by the Georgia Department of Public Health, the MAG MRC can be deployed under the direction of the Georgia State Defense Force and the Georgia Department of Defense.”

Applicable Georgians who are interested in serving on the MAG MRC COVID-19 Response Team should go to www.mag.org or contact Fred Jones at fjones@mag.org for details.

The MAG MRC is a group of citizen volunteers who respond to natural disasters and disease outbreaks that threaten to overwhelm a community’s health care system. It complements the official medical and public health and emergency services resources in the state. The MAG MRC is part of a state and national network of MRC. There are nearly 1,000 community-based MRC units and 200,000 MRC volunteers in the U.S. and its territories, including 19 MRC units in Georgia. Go to www.mag.org/mrc for additional information on the MAG MRC.