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911 system overwhelmed by stay-at-home order calls, Forsyth Co. Sheriff says

Forsyth Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough, Jr. said, "Do not call 911 with questions regarding the stay-at-home orders."

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to stop calling 911, to ask questions about the stay-at-home order.  

Forsyth Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough, Jr. said the system is overwhelmed by non-emergency calls.

He said, “We understand you have questions regarding the Stay-At-Home orders that will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday. Do not call 911 with questions regarding the orders. The 911 system is currently overwhelmed by non-emergency inquiries, meaning people with actual emergencies are not getting assistance as quickly as they need.”

Both the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County orders are identical. For answers to frequently asked questions, visit the City of Winston-Salem.

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