EMS First Responders to Marylanders: Help Us Help You

Counties across Maryland are experiencing severe Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system strains due to the recent COVID-19 Omicron variant surge.

In order to address this unprecedented strain on EMS personnel, frontline responders, and hospitals, counties are asking residents for assistance in various ways. According to a St. Mary’s County press release, residents are asked to:

– Avoid going to EDs for minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, and low-grade fevers. Instead, seek non-emergency care from primary care physicians or urgent care centers.

– Do not go to an ED just to obtain a COVID-19 test. Instead, go to an approved COVID-19 testing site or use a home test kit.

– Limit 9-1-1 EMS calls to possible life-threatening conditions.

– Get vaccinated and/or receive the COVID-19 booster and encourage others to do the same.

– Help limit COVID-19 transmission by socially distancing, washing hands regularly, and wearing a mask.

– Limit exposure to others, especially if there has been close contact with someone known to have COVID-19 or there are COVID-19 symptoms.

Several other counties have also issued similar calls to action including Charles, Allegany, Talbot, and Howard. See below for each county’s specific guidance for community members.

Charles

Allegany

Talbot

St. Mary’s

Howard

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