911 calls for EMS dropped 25 percent nationwide amid coronavirus

Published June 26, 2020

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The Boston Globe reported on a UB study authored by E. Brooke Learner that found that 911 calls for emergency medical services (EMS) have dropped 26% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but EMS-attended deaths have doubled. "When people are making fewer 911 calls but those calls are about far more severe emergencies, it means that people with urgent conditions are likely not getting the emergency care they need in a timely way,” said Lerner. 

 

 

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