On the request of Transitions Homeless Middle, an MIH group member will come to the shelter and conduct a nasal swab COVID-19 take a look at on potential residents.
RICHLAND COUNTY, S.C. — Prisma Well being and Richland County government have created a Cell Built-in Healthcare (MIH) response group to assist cease the unfold of COVID-19 within the Midlands’ homeless inhabitants.
In line with Prisma Health, as COVID-19 started to unfold in early 2020, the 2 companies labored to plan for Alternate Care Websites (ACS) in case hospitals reached capability. Although the ACS weren’t wanted, the group realized the necessity to assist cease the unfold among the many homeless inhabitants.
Transitions can request potential residents be examined for COVID-19 and an MIH group member will come to the shelter and conduct a nasal swab take a look at.
Dr. Invoice Gerard, medical director for the Prisma Well being Midlands Emergency Departments and Medical Director for Richland County Emergency Medical Providers, says this system has been very profitable.
“It has made a big impact. We haven’t seen a large outbreak in these members of the neighborhood. It’s a well-coordinated effort that helped cease the unfold.”
In line with the discharge, whereas the take a look at is being processed, potential residents are positioned in isolation. Those that take a look at adverse can proceed the method to grow to be a resident at Transitions, whereas those that take a look at optimistic are quarantined away from the shelter.
Michael Byrd, Richland County EMS director, added, “Oftentimes the homeless inhabitants is underserved and lacks entry to well being care. This, coupled with their shut residing situations within the numerous shelters, make them extraordinarily in danger for simple transmission of illnesses akin to COVID-19.”
Craig Currey, Transitions Homeless Middle Chief Government Officer, believes the service has been essential.
“This service has allowed us to take away somebody who’s sick from a congregate setting and place them in a safer restoration surroundings. The flexibleness of them to return onsite, take a look at the shopper, after which get the outcomes again instantly has benefited our purchasers and has been an excellent assist to us. It permits us to proceed taking good care of a big inhabitants of homeless individuals whereas eradicating the extraordinarily few who’re sick and ensure they obtain the medical care wanted,” Currey mentioned.