BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Just as hospitals are overloaded with COVID-19 patients, the Glynn County Fire Department says it’s facing the same challenge: too many people are calling 9-1-1 because they think they have COVID-19, Chief Randy Jordan says.
“Excessive call volume is an understatement,” Jordan said.
He says call volume went up 25 percent in August. The department used to respond to around 50 calls a day; now, that number is as high as 74.
Jordan says the department has no ambulances left. Even surrounding counties are helping with resources.
Jordan says locals can help by only using 9-1-1 for real emergencies.
“Unless they’re having chest pain, respiratory distress, something truly life-threatening, it’d be much easier if they would call their primary care physician, go to an urgent care center,” he said.
To make matters worse, Jordan says a little over a dozen firefighters are currently out sick with COVID-19.
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