County COVID-19 response team: 'Please do not over inundate front line responders'

Register Staff
Staff Writer

Inyo County hospitals and emergency services are seeing sharp increases in patients and requests for service that are non-emergent, resulting in Emergency Room bed shortages, and possible increased wait times.Inyo County has a limited amount of EMTs and front-line healthcare providers. The following guidelines are encouraged to curb over-extension of Inyo County’s valued COVID-19 responders:
Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency; non-emergency calls can use (760) 878-0383, option 4
If you have any of the following symptoms it is an EMERGENCY, call 911 or go to your local ER: difficulty breathing, persistent pain, pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to awaken, bluish lips or face, choking, acute pain, severe abdominal pain, severe bleeding, or chest pain – or any other serious injury.
Do not go to the emergency room for non-emergency conditions. If you are not sure, contact your primary care physician.
First, for non-emergency symptoms of COVID-19 or other illness, call your primary care physician for their expert opinion. Your doctor may offer telemedicine so you can have a virtual consultation or schedule an appointment to see you in person.
The Inyo County COVID-19 response team values your effort to stay safe and reduce the spread, including adhering to the current Regional Stay at Home Order.