The volunteers can help in various ways:
- Provide critical care staffing
- Help at COVID shelters
- Provide assistance at call centers and test sites
- Conduct contact tracing
“I was doing basically whatever they needed me to do. I was going to different hospitals around Gallup, I was going to nursing homes, and just helping out wherever they were understaffed,” said Jarod Creech, a volunteer with the New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps.
Creech, a nursing student, volunteered during the first wave in May. He’s being asked to give his time again.
“I know plenty of my other friends who work at different hospitals and overwhelmed they are, and my current hospital how it is,” He said. “It’s just, there’s such a dire need.”
In April, the state reported that there were 200 volunteers ready to assist.
According to the state Department of Health, the volunteer positions are pre-screened, and they’re looking to build up capacity.