In partnership with an organization marshaling a national reserve of nurses, Connecticut has launched a CT Responds website to recruit volunteers to help medical providers during the coronavirus outbreak — whether or not they have experience in the health sector.

Connecticut has more than 20 chapters of the Medical Reserve Corps through which nursing professionals list availability to volunteer during times of need. The organization pressed members into service last year to assist in nearly 450 emergencies, including the wildfires that devastated California communities.

On Tuesday in Hartford, Gov. Ned Lamont said 900 medical industry retirees have offered their services since the public emergency he declared March 10 to deal with escalating transmission of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. A third of them are already at work in hospitals and other settings.

To boost the Medical Reserve Corps numbers in Connecticut further, the state Department of Public Health has created a website called CTResponds.ct.gov. DPH aims to maintain a registry of skills and credentials available within Connecticut, among both medical professionals and those from non-medical backgrounds, as specific needs arise in hospitals and communities.

Of the 179,000 people in the nationwide ranks of the Medical Reserve Corps entering this year, about four in 10 did not have medical backgrounds, offering instead varying expertise in administration and other organizational needs.

Stephanie McGuire, who coordinates Medical Reserve Corps activities in Connecticut, referred a query to the state Joint Information Center dealing with coronavirus response, which did not respond immediately about how may volunteers the corps has dispatched since Lamont’s emergency order. New York City’s chapters of the Medical Reserve Corps had more than 9,000 members at last report.

Only last December, the Connecticut chapters of the Medical Reserve Corps completed an initial strategic plan to govern the organization going forward, with assistance from the Leadership Greater Hartford nonprofit and three dozen advisors. That includes health professionals from every corner of Connecticut including Bridgeport, New Haven, Fairfield, Milford, Stratford, Wallingford and Torrington.

The plan included several action items, such as steps to raise awareness of its existence through varying outreach and promotional materials, as well as the creation of a statewide database to track training, capabilities and other information.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-842-2545; @casoulman