MCFD1 asking people to reserve 911 calls for life-threatening emergencies

Marion County Fire District No. 1 (MCFD1) is asking people not to call 911 to seek testing for COVID or because they have mild symptoms of illness.

The agency, which serves about 50,000 people in Salem and Keizer, posted a statement Monday from its emergency medical services Chief Mark Bjorklund. Bjorklund said about half the fire district's patient transports over the past . . .

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