Baton Rouge EMS officials urge calling 911 for emergencies only, as COVID hospitalizations increase

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Baton Rouge, La (BRPROUD) Baton Rouge emergency management officials are urging residents to only call 911 for emergencies, as COVID hospitalizations continue to rise across the city-parish.

Brad Harris, a spokesperson for Baton Rouge EMS, says in August, the agency has seen an 800% increase in the number of 911 calls. Harris says Baton Rouge EMS will always respond to a call, but as COVID hospitalizations rise and hospital capacity becomes overwhelmed, emergency officials are seeing a strain on their resources.

Emergency officials are reminding people to only call 911 for emergencies like heart attack, stroke, unconsciousness, seizure or other critical conditions. Harris says there are additional resources available for people who believe they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms and may need to be tested, but not medical help.

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