COVID-19 Assessments Available for All NIH Staff with a PIV Card
For many at NIH, this is Week 6 of major life changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are encouraged as employees continue to incorporate necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe, community spread of the virus is a constant threat. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area alone, the number of cases continue to climb.
If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or are concerned you may have contracted SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, first call your healthcare provider. The next step should be to contact the NIH Occupational Medical Service (OMS) by submitting the OMS online questionnaire (https://go.usa.gov/xvDRR). The clinical staff will review your answers and contact you within 24-48 hours.
If your doctor or OMS determines that you need to be tested and you are located in the DC/Baltimore area, you can be quickly and conveniently tested free of charge on the main Bethesda campus. Testing is held 7 days a week, from 9am – 12pm (noon). If located elsewhere, OMS will help you find a nearby testing site. If tested elsewhere, please let OMS know your results.
Regardless of where you are located – from North Carolina to North Bethesda, all NIH staff with an NIH PIV Card (FTE, contractor, trainee, Children's Inn employee, IRTA, security guard, parking attendant, volunteer, custodial staff) who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are eligible and encouraged to be assessed by OMS at no cost.
For more information, visit the NIH Employee Coronavirus Website at: https://employees.nih.gov/pages/coronavirus/what-to-do-if-exposed.aspx. To receive useful safety and health information, visit and join at https://go.usa.gov/xQh55.
If you have questions, please contact OMS at 301-496-4411 or OMSMonitoringProgram@mail.nih.gov. Keep yourself, your family, and co-workers safe. Help promote a culture of safety, not silence, by getting assessed and tested if you need it!