URGENT APPEAL!: Please! Do Not Inundate Front Line Responders

-Please do not over inundate front line responders-

INYO COUNTY, CA, December 11, 2020 – 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.

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13 Responses to URGENT APPEAL!: Please! Do Not Inundate Front Line Responders

  1. Robert December 18, 2020 at 2:02 pm #

    Our local law enforcement has no authority to arrest illegal aliens. So you want them to arrest American citizens with no legal authority? Please name one law section our legislative branch has passed to enforce martial law AKA stay at home order? 9 months is plenty of time for our lawmakers to act if they wanted to lock down americans. Gavin newsom is not a lawmaker and his emergency powers are over.

    • Stop non-essential travel December 19, 2020 at 7:56 am #

      Please re-read this article Robert, you’ve clearly sputtered off on a tangent. This article isn’t about legal or non-legal lockdown requests. There was a simple ask 9 months ago that people wear masks in public and avoid gathering, to slow the spread of this virus. Completely voluntary !! A SIMPLE GESTURE to respect your neighbors in your community. Unfortunately, that was too much to ask of the selfish-at-heart. Now, our healthcare workers in Inyo and Mono are struggling to keep YOU and your community, as well as themselves, safe and healthy. The ICU in NIH is full. No more space at the inn. What’s your suggestion to solve this problem ?

      • Allyourbusinessbelongtous December 20, 2020 at 1:54 pm #

        I have a suggestion. How about stop defending the incompetent government. 9 months and billions of dollars to hire new staff and increase ICU capacity. Yet no action was taken and no preparations were made.

        By the way, hospital ICU capacity is always strained and stressed this time of year. Never mind the fact that millions of people put of needed medical care because of Covid-19 and related policy.. is anyone surprised that ICU capacity in certain areas is strained right now?

        Only the people who lack critical thinking capacity like Stop non-esential travel who get all their thoughts from the likes of Anderson CIA Cooper, Rachael Madcow and Neil Fat Bastard Cavuto are surprised about any of this.

        Why didn’t California, INYO, and Mono counties spend some of the hundreds of billions of dollars of CARES Act funds to hire and train new staff? That would have been easy with all the people getting laid off from government imposed shutdowns. Why didn’t they increase ICU capacity to meet the needs for the so called pandemic?

        Oh that would make to much sense, so lets all pretend its people who didn’t wear masks and social distance that caused the ICU capacity problem. You and the rest of the people who don’t use their brains are so far off the mark its laughable and scary at the same time.

        • Stop non-essential travel December 20, 2020 at 7:36 pm #

          I take it you don’t plan on getting the vaccine.

        • InyoArabians December 22, 2020 at 9:51 pm #

          How incompetent of our government to not be able to train new legions of doctors, critical care nurses and respiratory therapists in 9 whole months!

          It’s like they weren’t even paying attention to how serious this pandemic is…


        • John December 23, 2020 at 6:35 am #

          I seem to remember that the ‘hospital’ in Bishop was complicit in driving away several highly qualified physicians in the last few years including a family practitioner and a highly trained intensive care doc. Karma, deal with it

          • Marie Francoise December 24, 2020 at 9:46 am #

            @John, I totally agree with you. I don’t normally name people, but in this case I feel it is important to recognize the services of those docs who are no longer in our community. The family practice doc is Dr Ramadan who did the c section for me ( compassionate and skillful), the ICU doc and anesthesiologist Dr Schapera – again provided excellent pain control and highly professional. Both of those practitioners unsupported by the hospital and its staff. Ex CEO Kevin Flanigan in particular failed in his role to keep up with demand in our community

  2. Robert December 18, 2020 at 9:32 am #

    The stay at home order is confusing when Mammoth Mountain is open for skiing.

  3. HB man December 15, 2020 at 8:20 pm #

    I hear you loud and clear , LowInyo . Imagine how McCreedy must have felt while being chased relentlessly by Ernest Borgnine down Movie Rd. before being run off into the sagebrush .

    • Sierra dog December 18, 2020 at 7:37 pm #

      C’mon HB. Macreedy, John Macreedy.

  4. David Dennison December 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm #

    Seems kinda sad you have to remind people not to use and abuse an emergency service for things that aren’t an emergency.
    But my own knowing some EMT workers,it’s true..

  5. inyosouthpaw December 12, 2020 at 6:09 pm #

    Maybe we should enforce some stay at home order and discourage recreational travel. But unfortunately we are all soo selfish. Especially So Cal. The Alabama Hills is a carnival, I encourage you to go see the show. Busiest day I have ever seen in December. Looks like an easter weekend out there. BLM was just driving in circles avoiding everyone as they crushed the brush, created new camp sites and sped over 40 mph on Movie Rd. Would be nice if someone did their jobs in Inyo County for once. Inyo county health where are you?? Any message for us? Tahoe sent a message to the tourists, mono shut down lodging and rentals. But good ole Inyo, wont say a peep. Best western and the Dow Villa in LP and Mt Williamson in Indy openly has guests for recreation not essential travel and advertising on airbnb for these dates. Soo many cases, another death in inyo and 3 in the icu. What is our capacity here in Inyo? Not much more people.

    • 89Seirra4x4 December 21, 2020 at 10:19 am #

      Must be nice to spread false information.


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