Prescott area emergency medical service providers including the Prescott Fire Department, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, and Lifeline Ambulance have noted an increase in the number of responses to people found in their place of residence suffering from cardiac arrests and other serious life threatening health conditions. We have also observed an increase in the number of persons found to have passed away where they reside. Our concerns are that people are delaying, not calling for, or not seeking out medical assistance. With the current emphasis on social-distancing due to COVID-19, members of more vulnerable populations are becoming too isolated and in some cases neglecting their well-being.
While it is important to remain mindful of COVID, it remains a priority for you to seek appropriate medical care for other long and short term medical conditions.
The various agencies that serve our greater community ask that you do not neglect your health and well-being during these challenging times. We encourage you to schedule follow-up care and appointments while adhering to the guidelines established by your medical provider. If you or someone you know is experiencing signs and symptoms of a medical emergency like chest pain, difficulty breathing, sudden severe headaches, slurred speech, numbness, paralysis, please call 911 immediately for assistance. Your first responders and other healthcare workers are here for you while taking all necessary precautions to protect you, your family, and themselves. Remember that time lost in seeking care often times can result in lives being lost.
Look after one another, and take a moment to check on family, friends and neighbors who live alone. Inquire about how they are doing both mentally and physically. Isolation can lead to other health issues so take a moment to reach out and let them know someone cares. If you’re not able or comfortable visiting in person, reach out via phone, text, or video chat. You can remain physically distant without feeling socially distant. People need physical and emotional support during these challenging times.