In a surprise announcement, Union County Hatzalah notified their community that they will be temporarily suspending all emergency services starting Wednesday, March 25th at 11:00pm.
“Effective today at 11 pm (Wednesday, March 25, 2020) Hatzalah of Union County will temporarily suspend all operations and will not respond to any calls until such time as it is deemed safe to resume,” the organization wrote.
The notice claimed that over the past two weeks, the organizations call volume had nearly doubled due to COVID-19 calls, and as such, their members had been exposed to the virus despite taking preventive measures.
“When this occurs, there is the danger of spreading infection to the members, their families and the community.”
The notice also pointed out that the members of the organization themselves were becoming ill, and that others were forced to stop so as not to cause harm to their families.
As a result, the amount of available responders was severely reduced.
The decision to close was made with the organizations Medical Director and local Rabbinic leaders.
Hatzalah advised community members to call their doctors, and those in need of emergency medical service should call 911.