The state Department of Health and Human Services is urging people with symptoms of heart attacks or other health emergencies to seek help. That’s because it appears people are avoiding hospitals and emergency rooms during the COVID-19 crisis.
Lynn Sutfin is with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
She says the state compared health emergency data between mid-March and mid-May of last year to this year.
She says between then and now, out-of-hospital cardiac arrests were up by 43 percent, while ambulance transports were down by 17 percent.