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Region's paramedics reporting drop in call volume this month

They believe there are several reasons for the decline, all linked to the pandemic
Medics are wearing additional PPE due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services on Twitter, @ROWParamedics)

Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services is reporting a drop in calls for service so far this month. 

In an e-mail statement, Deputy Chief Rob Crossan said they usually receive between 900 and 1,000 calls per week. 

"We have noticed a drop in calls for service [over] the past couple of weeks - down by roughly 200 calls, or 20 per cent of our usual volume. This equates to 28.5 fewer calls per day."

Crossan said he belives there are several reasons for this drop.

"People are staying home, resulting in fewer calls for incidents in public places, zero calls to bars and clubs, no workplace injuries and fewer motor vehicle collisions."

Due to COVID-19, emergency workers are taking extra precautions, including taking extra time to put on additional PPE. 


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