On April 27, 2020 and 28th, RCMS, in collaboration with the Mendocino County Health Department, performed a COVID19 screening of persons in high-public contact jobs. A sampling of persons in different risk groups were screened, including: RCMS medical providers and support staff; CLSD EMTs and paramedics, firefighters, homeless persons and grocery store staff. In addition, all current residents and staff of Equinox elder community were screened.
This screening was performed, with the assistance of volunteers, on a limited group of high contact/risk people, by invitation only, due to a limited number of test kits. The samples will be processed at UCSF in the next 2-3 days. We will be informed if there is any positive test and, if so, we will follow the appropriate protocol including contacting the patient (to receive medical guidance and care) and the Health Department (to initiate contact tracing, making appropriate announcements, etc). RCMS cannot and will not reveal the identity of any patient, due to medical confidentiality.
RCMS hopes to continue to work with both Sonoma and Mendocino counties to collaborate in future COVID19 screenings of our community. We will keep the community posted.
Thank you to all individuals who offered to participate in the screening and employers who worked hard to make this happen. Also to the staff and volunteers who gave of their time to help screen our community.
The Public Health Department has announced that the results of the our community’s COVID19 screening has been delayed, possibly by several days, due to a backup in the lab. We will keep the community posted on this.