Liberty County is experiencing a large increase in 911 calls for COVID-19 symptoms. At the present time, the community infection rate is extremely high. Unfortunately, not all 911 calls received are actual emergencies. This is causing ambulance crews to be tied up for extended periods which results in longer response times. If you or a family member are experiencing chest pain, trouble breathing, stroke symptoms, trauma/injury, or other reasons that would cause you to believe it is an emergency, then please call 911. Otherwise, you should consider contacting your primary care doctor, visiting an urgent care facility, and following CDC guidelines. Please be aware that Liberty Regional Medical Center is operating above capacity limits at this time and patients, including those arriving by ambulance, may experience extended wait times. Calling an emergency unit does not guarantee treatment will be provided above other previously screened patients. We will continue to monitor this situation and will update the status of operations as warranted.