Georgia hospitals on diversion; Georgians urged to reduce pressure on EMS and emergency services

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ATLANTA – The current wave of COVID cases across Georgia is expanding hospital and EMS staff and resources to unprecedented levels. As a result, many hospitals have to declare themselves on diversion, meaning they are temporarily unable to provide normal emergency care to patients arriving by ambulance. Diversion is a term specific to ambulance transport and is a request for ambulances to transport patients to other local facilities if possible.

Diversion does not apply to people seeking emergency medical care. People facing a medical emergency should dial 9-1-1 and seek assistance.

The Statewide Hospital Diversion Website https://georgiarcc.org is a tool intended for use by EMS agencies across Georgia so that they can consider the diversionary status (s) of hospitals to which they can transport patients.

The Georgia Coordinating Center (GCC) is a communication center to use ONLY by paramedics who transport patients to emergency departments located in the metro Atlanta area, which has 13 counties. The public should NOT call the GCC with questions or concerns.

To help keep hospital emergency departments open and able to handle medical emergencies, people who request a COVID test should not go to hospital emergency rooms. COVID-19 testing sites are available throughout Georgia and can be found on the DPH website at https://dph.georgia.gov/covidtesting. The COVID vaccination is available statewide and is our best tool to end this pandemic and reduce the overwhelming pressure on EMS, the healthcare system, and healthcare providers. To find a COVID vaccination location, log on to https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine. Georgians aged 12 and over are advised to get vaccinated and wear a mask in public places where social distancing is not possible

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