San Francisco overwhelmed by 911 COVID-19 calls

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They say they’ve seen a surge in 911 calls and emergency room visits for COVID tests and minor cold, flu, or COVID symptoms. Health officials are warning people not to overwhelm the system. “We’ve been having over 400 EMS calls a day in the city for the past several days — typically the number hovers around 300 or 330,” SFFD Chief Jeanine Nicholson said.

In the last few days, they’ve seen about a 20 to 25 percent increase in call volume, and with their own staff members out with COVID, there’s a supply and demand issue. Emergency medical service leaders are asking you to only call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.

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Both EMS and Zuckerberg General Hospital are seeing about 10 percent of their staff out with COVID or quarantining because of a close encounter. They also have other people out on vacation, personal days, or for other illnesses. Some San Francisco teachers stage ‘sickout’ for COVID safety

“People are coming to emergency departments seeking testing because I think the demand is high and in some circumstances the supply is low,” Ehrlich said. Chief Executive Officer at Zuberberg General Hospital Doctor Susan Ehrlich says as the only level 1 trauma center in the city, they are always extremely busy, but they’ve never seen anything like this.

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