Florida county residents asked to limit 911 calls amid COVID-19 surge

An overflow of coronavirus patients in hospitals and emergency rooms has led to capacity issues, impacting first responders and ambulance services, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue Chief Mark Schollmeyer.

Schollmeyer said people with less urgent medical needs should consider looking at other alternatives to calling 911, such as contacting their primary care physician or utilizing telemedicine. With hospitals running out of room, he stressed that people leave emergency room and ambulance trips to those withlife-threatening or serious emergencies.

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People wait in cars to get a COVID-19 test, mercoledì, Ago. 11, 2021, a Miami. COVID-19 has strained some Florida hospitals so much that ambulance services and fire departments can no longer respond as usual to every call. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

People wait in cars to get a COVID-19 test, mercoledì, Ago. 11, 2021, a Miami. COVID-19 has strained some Florida hospitals so much that ambulance services and fire departments can no longer respond as usual to every call. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

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