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Increased COVID-19 Case Rates, ED Volumes, Ambulance Diversion Hours, and Ambulance Patient Offload Times Stretching Sacramento County EMS System

WHO

  • Hospital Council staff 
  • Leaders of hospitals 
  • County emergency medical services agency 
  • County behavioral health department 
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers 

WHAT

The Hospital Council convenes weekly COVID-19 update meetings between hospital, county, and state health leaders to manage the current surge. It is also convening bi-weekly behavioral health coalition meetings, bi-monthly EMS meetings, bi-monthly diversion monitoring meetings, and supports bi-monthly county meetings on ambulance patient offload times and other EMS matters.

TAKEAWAY/NEXT STEPS

  • Partnering with county leaders to advance projects funded by ARPA to expand behavioral health crisis services, mobile integrated health services, and other subacute programs to decompress EDs 
  • Continuing to educate other stakeholders about the challenges that hospitals are experiencing, like staffing.