Annapolis, MD (WJZ)- The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County fire departments are seeking community help to reduce the stress its first responders face as a result of the stress COVID-19 and its variants are causing.
The positivity rate in the county has reached 30 percent, resulting in an intensive care unit occupancy rate of about 92 percent, the fire department said in a statement, according to county health department data.
Departments are asking people to avoid going to emergency departments for minor illnesses such as cough, cold, low-grade fever and seeking care from primary care physicians or urgent care centers and not to obtain COVID-19 tests from emergency rooms. Residents are asked to go to find an approved COVID-19 test sites by state Or use a home test kit.
Residents are asked to limit 911 calls to potentially life-threatening situations, including:
- chest pain or persistent chest pain or pressure
- shortness of breath or shortness of breath
- blue lips or face
- severe pain that is new and does not go away
- deep cut
- unconscious or altered mental state
- new confusion or inability to wake up
- the strokes
- more than enough
- Allergic reaction with swelling and/or difficulty breathing
- diabetic emergency
- Life-threatening mental health problems (eg, suicide)
- Delivery (active labor or complications)
According to the statement, paramedics and emergency medical technicians will evaluate mild symptoms, which are likely due to a viral illness. If the case is mild, they may recommend home care or a visit to a doctor is more appropriate than a trip to the emergency room.
According to the statement, COVID-19 is threatening to impact health care providers and the health care system as a whole. The increase in the number of hospitalizations has resulted in reduced patient waiting times and available beds. Some patients with non-life-threatening emergencies may wait for extended periods, sometimes more than 24 hours. Calling 911 for an ambulance doesn’t guarantee faster care, the departments said, adding some patients could be moved to other areas, which takes paramedics out of the county for long periods of time and gives them heart attacks. and makes it unavailable for urgent calls like accidents.
Department asks people who need information and related resources on COVID-19 county health department,