Want To Help? Michigan Launches COVID-19 Volunteer Website

WWJ News
March 30, 2020 - 12:02 pm

(WWJ) Want to feel a bit better amid all the bad? Be a part of the good. 

As Michigan’s healthcare system faces tremendous strains due to the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are calling on medical professionals and everyday Michiganders to volunteer their talents and time to save lives.

The state over the weekend launched a new volunteer website where trained medical professionals can register to serve their fellow Michiganders by assisting hospitals in fighting COVID-19.

Other state residents also can use the site to find out how they can help in their local communities, give blood, donate money or needed medical supplies, or assist public health officials in tracking infections.

[CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE WEBSITE]

“We’ve seen an incredible amount of strength and courage of Michiganders during this time of uncertainty, whether it’s from communities donating food, money, and resources to those that need it or from businesses using their technology to manufacture personal protective equipment,” said Whitmer. “To bend the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state, we must all work together as Michiganders. Whether you’re a medical professional looking to volunteer, or someone who can give blood or donate to your local food bank, everyone can help out. We will get through this together.”

This website will serve as a single clearinghouse for Michiganders to join the fight against COVID-19. The state will work with hospitals and health systems that are short-staffed to fill gaps if and when necessary.

Residents with a background in public health, healthcare fields, or community organizing may assist with contact tracing. Contact tracing involves speaking with COVID-19-positive patients to determine the people they interacted with and locations they visited in the days prior to becoming infected.

“The time is now to save lives,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “Doctors, nurses, medical assistants – please volunteer where we need you most. You can save lives. Michiganders in good health who want to serve seniors who are alone – safely, from a distance – please volunteer. You can save lives, too. If you’re ready to use your cell phone to trace infections to their source, please volunteer. You can save lives, too. Visit www.michigan.gov/fightcovid19.

The American Red Cross is also partnering with the state on the new site. As the demand for blood remains high during the pandemic, Whitmer and the Red Cross encourage eligible, healthy Michigan donors to go to RedCrossBlood.org and schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead. The Red Cross has implemented COVID-19 mitigation measures at blood drives.

Another great way to help is to donate needed items, The State of Michigan is also still looking for the following medical supplies:

  • Hospital Gowns
  • Ventilators
  • Sanitizer (Hand / Wipe)
  • Gloves
  • Surgical Masks
  • Masks N95-N100
  • No-Touch Thermometer

If you have any of these items to donate, email COVID19donations@michigan.gov or call 517-335-4295. 

Information around COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available from the state at this link.