Retired healthcare professionals in Connecticut and New York are encouraged to volunteer for the medical reserve corps in anticipation of staffing shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Connecticut health officials say members of the Medical Reserve Corps who have current healthcare practitioner licenses may be needed at hospital alternate specimen collection sites or for patient care in shelter operations.
They may also be helpful for triaging calls and emails that are coming into command centers or local public health offices.
Retired healthcare professionals seeking information on how to volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps should contact the state Department of Public Health through a special email address.
In New York they can contact the state Department of Health.