Toledo firefighters urge the community to only call 911 if it is a real emergency – archyde

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – One in four people in intensive care units tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, according to the latest statewide data from the Ohio Hospital Association.

Now the Toledo fire brigade is urgent: Emergency calls only in an absolute emergency.

All eight hospitals in Lucas County are back on EMS bypass. That said, if you call 911 and an ambulance picks you up, Lucas County Dispatch will have to take you to the hospital that is open immediately, not necessarily the closest one.

“We want people to understand that if you have a stroke, chest pain, difficulty breathing due to illness, or an emergency situation, be sure to call 911. We are not saying not to,” TFRD Pvt. said Sterling Rahe.

“What we want to convey to people is that hospitals are not the right place right now to take someone who has a cold, allergy, skinned knee or whatever, things to take care of at home and care, see your GP or go to emergency care.

“Emergency care is set up for less important to less priority illness or injury, so these are the right places.”

According to Pvt. Rahe with TFRD, it’s because of a surge in Covid cases filling emergency rooms with people calling ambulances because they have symptoms.

“If you test positive for Covid, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go to the hospital,” says Pvt. Rahe. “Make sure this is a real emergency. Make sure it is something that you cannot deal with on your own or again through a GP or emergency care. “

When the tide of 911 calls subsides, Pvt. Rahe says hospitals could get out of EMS bypass and emergency patients get the care they need much faster.

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