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.
Due to #COVID19 , every call we respond to requires our medics to take extra time putting on additional PPE. However, we do have a small win to share! Call volume is down slightly this month! We will always be there if you need us. Not sure when to call?👇#RightCallRightCare pic.twitter.com/KtIPYuVY8C— Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services (@ROWParamedics) April 20, 2020