Emergency dispatchers are reminding the public that calling 911 is for emergencies only and not for COVID-19 concerns.
The 911 line has been flooded with non-emergency calls lately, with up to 75% of them related to the virus.
That has included questions about travel restrictions, isolation rules and long grocery store lineups.
“These calls are tying up the lines for life-and-death calls for ambulance, police and fire,” said Matthew Bordewick, chairperson of Emergency Dispatchers of B.C.
If you do have questions about the COVID-19 pandemic, Bordewick pointed out two hotlines you can call. There is 811 for HealthLinkBC or the information hotline, 1-888-COVID19.
The latter number is for general information about B.C.’s pandemic response.
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