COVID-19 Deployments

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps has deployed volunteers to support many response efforts across campus and throughout our community.

Keep in mind, requests for U of M MRC resources involve specific needs identified by the requesting agency, which in turn dictates which MRC members are eligible for that particular deployment. 

Before participating in a COVID-19 deployment

MRC members are asked to complete the following tasks before participating in a COVID-19 deployment:

Active U of M Medical Reserve Corps Deployments:

Federally Qualified Health Centers | Vaccination Clinic Support

Federally Qualified Health Centers | Vaccination Clinic Support

In response to requests received from metro area Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), the Medical Reserve Corps has developed vaccination teams to support the clinics in their COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Saliva Testing

COVID-19 Rapid Response Saliva Testing

As part of the University’s layered approach to COVID-19 testing, the U of M MRC has been tasked with developing a COVID-19 Rapid Response Saliva Testing Team. This team will be responsible for conducting COVID-19 saliva testing in the event of:

  • Newly identified cluster of cases
  • An outbreak of cases related to an identifiable group and/or location on campus

Completed U of M Medical Reserve Corps Deployments:

Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

The COVID-19 Twin Cities campus vaccination clinics provide vaccinations based on priority groups identified by the Minnesota Department of Health.

PPE Technical Assistance

PPE Technical Assistance

PPE Technical Assistance: Former School of Nursing faculty member with extensive knowledge of infection control and personal protective equipment is assisting the State Emergency Operations Center planning and policy development.

Case Investigation and Contact Tracing (CICT) Support to Boynton Health

Case Investigation and Contact Tracing (CICT) Support to Boynton Health

Health Sciences staff and students assisted Boynton Health with Case Investigation and Contact Tracing (CICT). Deployed members made calls to interview COVID-19 positive University of Minnesota students (i.e., cases) and their close contacts.

Support to State Epidemiologist

Support to State Epidemiologist

Support to State Epidemiologist: A medical student and a School of Public Health faculty member are provided assistance and support to the State Epidemiologist and members of her team.

Case Investigation with MDH

Case Investigation with MDH

Case Investigation with MDH: The U of M MRC assisted the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) with case investigation, which is a core disease control measure employed by MDH as a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19.

Smiley's Family Medical Clinic

Smiley's Family Medical Clinic

Smiley’s Family Medical Clinic: MRC members who are fluent Somali, Karen, Hmong and Spanish speakers assisted MHealth-Fairview by providing phone-based education and outreach to clients. 

Support to Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Support to Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Support to Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Public health graduate student served as a volunteer epidemic intelligence officer.

Triage Station

Triage Station

Triage Station: Licensed nurses and others staffed a triage station at the entrance of Boynton Health. This deployment concluded in March 2020.

Medication Reconciliation

Medication Reconciliation

Medication Reconciliation: Pharmacy students and faculty assisted MHealth-Fairview with post-discharge medication reconciliation under the direct supervision of a preceptor.

Faculty Advisors on Long Term Care

Faculty Advisors on Long Term Care

Faculty Advisors on Long Term Care: Faculty members from the Medical School and the School of Nursing participated in discussions on addressing the challenges present in long term care facilities. 

Pre-Thanksgiving COVID-19 Saliva Testing at the Fieldhouse

Pre-Thanksgiving COVID-19 Saliva Testing at the Fieldhouse

Pre-Thanksgiving COVID-19 Saliva Testing at the Fieldhouse: The MRC members staffed a large-scale COVID-19 saliva testing event at the U of MN Twin Cities campus on Nov. 16 & 17, 2020.

COVID-19 Testing for Community Activists

COVID-19 Testing for Community Activists

COVID-19 Testing for Community Activists: The U of M MRC partnered with Saint Paul - Ramsey County Public Health to assist with COVID-19 testing for individuals involved in protests, vigils, and neighborhood cleanup following the murder of George Floyd. This deployment concluded in July 2020

Telehealth

Telehealth

Telehealth: Medical students assisted MHealth-Fairview with telehealth support under direct supervision of a preceptor. This deployment concluded in June 2020.

Command Center Support

Command Center Support

Command Center Support: Public Health MHA students are assisting MHealth-Fairview with Command Center support operations. This deployment concluded in April 2020.

Campus COVID Testing with Boynton Health

Campus COVID Testing with Boynton Health

Campus COVID Testing with Boynton Health: MRC Members worked under the direction of Boynton Health at the Recreation and Wellness Center to conduct COVID-19 nasal swab testing.

Gopher Grocery Assistance Outreach

Gopher Grocery Assistance Outreach

Gopher Grocery Assistance Outreach: MRC healthcare professionals and healthcare student volunteers provided learning materials and direct telephone assistance to those learning to use online grocery ordering.