CVIM’s Ongoing Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
CVIM Services Are More Essential Now Than Ever
In these extraordinary times, CVIM patients are among the most vulnerable. During this unprecedented pandemic, Community Volunteers in Medicine is open and serving patients in new and creative ways.
And when our patients face frightening symptoms, we secure appropriate testing and treatment, while offering expert clinical advice and emotional support.
CVIM’s Pandemic Response Includes
Providing medical care via innovative telehealth and careful onsite visits.
Prioritizing behavioral health services during stressful times.
Dispensing life-sustaining medications to keep patients healthy.
Performing dental procedures with additional safety protocols and equipment.
Educating patients about COVID-19 and prevention measures.
Offering extra support and social service referrals to struggling families.
Access to COVID-19 testing and treatment.
Early in the pandemic, the CVIM volunteer corps – nearly 500 strong – was asked to stay home, stay safe, and help flatten the curve. Most routine patient care was delayed. The core staff provided essential services only and relied almost exclusively on telehealth to treat patients. Since then, we have gradually brought volunteers and patients back into the CVIM Healthcare Center, with major adjustments to the timing and spacing of appointments, some facility and equipment upgrades, and new sanitizing protocols. Telehealth continues as a primary mode of care, with onsite visits prioritized based on patient needs.
We know the community need will grow and change as we all navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. CVIM has served the community for 22 years, and we will maintain our health safety net role throughout this crisis and beyond.