Request from Fire Chief Eric Harlow: "Unless it's an absolute emergency, do not call for an ambulance."

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Request from Fire Chief Eric Harlow: "Unless it's an absolute emergency, do not call for an ambulance."

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 13:44
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Folks we are making a urgent plea and request to everyone.

Unless it's an absolute emergency, do not call for an ambulance. Just because you think you might have the Coronavirus (COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2) isn't a valid reason to call an ambulance at this time. Some of the same symptoms may simply be allergies, the flu or a common cold. The EMS and hospital system is going to see an undue overload that it cannot sustain. Per the CDC's recommendations, stay home and self-quarantine yourself in place. Exercising self care is the best medicine at this point. Only seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms severe enough that you're experiencing difficulty breathing. Contact your physician when you feel it's necessary. If you do need to call for an ambulance, advise the 911 call taker of your symptoms and take precautions on your end to prevent spreading the virus. Wearing a mask yourself is an easy way to contain the virus spreading droplets and keep them from spreading to others around you.

You may notice our crews wearing masks and other protective equipment. Don't be alarmed as we are doing this to do everything we can to prevent the spread of the virus to our personnel.

These are definitely challenging times for our entire planet, so changes in the normal routine are necessary sometimes. Bear with us and trust that we will do our best to protect our friends and neighbors.

Eric Harlow | Fire Chief

City of Guthrie Fire-EMS

209 E. Springer Ave.

Guthrie, OK 73044