JoCo EMS may change how it responds to calls amid latest COVID-19 surge


The Johnson County EMS System may change how it responds to 911 calls in the wake of the latest COVID-19 surge. Above, Med-Act paramedics and a Shawnee police officer respond to an emergency. Photo credit Mike Frizzell. File photo.

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases has placed added strain on local hospitals’ emergency rooms and Johnson County’s emergency medical response team.

As a result, the Johnson County EMS System is considering possible changes to how it responds to 911 calls.

Ryan Jacobsen, medical director for the Johnson County EMS System, said the circumstances are challenging now, particularly with the rise in 911 call volumes, coupled with a pre-pandemic shortage in emergency providers and staff.