Dear Members and Friends of Mary Susan Moore Medical Society,
Who could have predicted that we would start the year 2020 with a viral pandemic powerful enough to bring almost everything in our daily lives to a complete stop? As SARS-CoV-2 (the cause of the COVID-19 infection) forces us to adjust to a new normal of social distancing, telecommuting and online education, we want you to know that Mary Susan Moore is mobilizing to actively confront the impact that this pandemic is having on our community. The stress of this crisis on society has put a spotlight on socioeconomic issues that we as black female physicians know all too well because they have plagued our community for years. Recent data suggest that there are alarming disparities in COVID-19 deaths among blacks compared to whites in cities like Chicago, Detroit and New York. In Louisiana, African Americans account for 70% of COVID-19 deaths but only account for about a third of the population. In the city of Houston, the disparity is not as large, but still does exist.
These disparities might be shocking for some but are not surprising to us. We know that COVID-19 is fatally linked to factors that are more prevalent among African Americans than those of other racial and ethnic backgrounds including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and certain immune compromising conditions. We understand that a lack of health insurance and access to health care limits the ability of those in underserved communities to receive adequate medical care. According to the Affordable Care Act, data published by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2017, only 7% of blacks compared to 48% of whites participated in the health insurance marketplace open enrollment period. We can identify with those who may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 because of their employment in the service sector, lack of education or differential treatment with respect to provider screening bias and limited access to COVID-19 test sites. Most of us have been personally touched by someone whose life has been dramatically changed physically, mentally or economically by this virus.
Now, the question is, what are we going to do? In response to our community, members and supporters, MSMMS plans to take the following actions:
We encourage you to help us take advantage of this opportunity to promote positive change in our community. We need your assistance now more than ever. Please join us by getting involved in one of the projects listed above.
Mary Susan Moore Medical Society Executive Board
Patient can be screened at any of the Legacy Community Health Clinics listed below. Clinics with satellite areas for COVID testing are bolded.
Sugar Land at the Smart Financial Center at 18111 Lexington Blvd
This site is another collaboration between Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and United Memorial Medical Center. The onsite tests are being prioritized for those who are showing symptoms and those who are high risk. Testing runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and results are normally available within 24 hours.
Fort Bend County and AccessHealth have collaborated to open the first county-supported COVID-19 testing site and online screening tool.
After screening is complete, people receive a unique testing code that will be required at the testing site. Initial testing efforts will focus on those at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 include:
City Hall, 500 Walker St., League City
Thursday and Friday
Appointments can be made between 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM. starting Wednesday by calling 409-356-9950, the release reads. Residents being tested should bring ID. The entire process takes about 30 minutes.
Texas City at the Galveston County Health District
To make an appointment call 409-978-4040 from 8:00 AM.- 1:00 PM.
RoweDocs (home test kits)
Walgreens (cost covered by insurance)