The metropolis has seen a dramatic drop in 911 emergency medical calls following a “main uptick” amid the Corona Virus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned Monday as he introduced that hospital admissions for suspected COVID-19 are down.
“We’ve seen a rebound. We’ve actually seen a giant enchancment, nonetheless so much to do,” de Blasio mentioned concerning the variety of 911 calls throughout a convention name with reporters.
The mayor mentioned that 911 calls within the Big Apple for medical emergencies peaked on Mar. 30 with a complete of 6,527 calls in sooner or later.
“Never seen something like that,” de Blasio mentioned.
By this previous Saturday, the variety of 911 calls was practically half that — at 3,485, based on the mayor, who added that the typical variety of 911 calls on a typical day final yr was 4,196.
“Thank God that quantity has come down,” he mentioned.
De Blasio additionally mentioned that EMS response instances for severe medical emergencies was additionally trending downward.
The common response time for March was simply over 10 minutes, whereas the typical thus far in April was eight minutes and 46 seconds, de Blasio mentioned, including that on Saturday the response time was even decrease at 6 minutes and 43 seconds. Responders in some areas have struggled to get to the scene rapidly amid a flurry of emergency calls.
The quantity of FDNY personnel on sick depart has additionally declined.
Currently 12.eight % of FDNY firefighters are on sick depart, which is down from 17 % on the peak of the Corona Virus disaster, whereas 17.5 % of EMS employees are on sick depart – down from 25 % on the peak of the pandemic, the mayor mentioned.
Meanwhile, de Blasio additionally introduced some extra excellent news within the metropolis’s battle in opposition to Corona Virus, saying that hospitalizations for suspected COVID-19 have dropped.
Patients admitted to hospitals for the suspected bug went down from 317 on Friday to 212 on Saturday.
“That’s a very good drop,” de Blasio mentioned.
Some individuals have begun refusing to be taken to the hospital, nevertheless, amid fears they’ll catch the COVID-19 bug there.
However, there was a slight improve within the variety of individuals in ICUs for suspected Corona Virus throughout town’s public hospital system from 849 on Friday to 853 on Saturday.
“It’s a really, very small improve,” the mayor famous.
The share of individuals examined who’re optimistic for Corona Virus additionally plunged citywide from 38 % Friday to 34 % Saturday, based on de Blasio.
“This shouldn’t be an ideal every day report, however it’s getting higher and it’s rattling near what we’re wanting for,” Hizzoner mentioned. “Let’s see if we will hold pushing.”