UPDATE: Gov. Parson calls on retired medical staff, others to help fight virus

2 months 2 days 3 hours ago Saturday, April 04 2020 Apr 4, 2020 Saturday, April 04, 2020 6:00:00 PM CDT April 04, 2020 in News
By: Greta Serrin, KOMU 8 Digital Producer and The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri is asking medical professionals who are not working to join a specialized state team that responds to critical health emergencies.

Selected medical workers would become part of the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

During Saturday's press briefing, Gov. Parson said the team would help when needed.

“Medical professionals and first responders across the state are working tirelessly to meet the rising challenges posed by COVID-19, but we know additional medical professionals are in high need,” Parson said.

The state is asking health care students, retired health care workers or those whose professional registration recently expired to apply online for the team.

Individuals are needed with background in medicine, nursing, allied health, dentistry, biomedicine, laboratory science, logistics and communications.

Medical personnel from the team have already deployed to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton and Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg.

Medical professionals can apply here to join the team.

If the website is not working, close your browser and try again in an hour, said Sandy Karston, Missouri Department of Public Safety Director.

“We have IT personnel working to correct the situation so the website can handle the volume that we're experiencing," Karston said. "We expect that to be completed this evening.”

People are responding in such strong numbers to the call the website is encountering delays.

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