Video: 'Gridlock' protest of Michigan stay-home order blocks ambulance

April 15, 2020, 5:30 PM

Thousands of vehicles protesting restrictions designed to stem the spread of coronavirus slowed down at least one ambulance near the Michigan Capitol Wednesday, a Twitter photo shows.

The image, by Gongwer News Service's publisher, shows an ambulance apparently trapped in a jam from "Operation Gridlock," a protest of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order.

In a separate post, an employee at nearby Sparrow Hospital in Lansing shows vehicles blocking the entrance and exit of the facility. The video has been shared more than 8,000 times.

"You have the right to express your freedom of speech, but what you DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT to do is block the entrance/exit of a level 1 trauma hospital or delay the response time for paramedics to get to people due to backed up traffic or your unwillingness to move your car over in order for them to get through," wrote staffer Chelsea Barrera, who posted the video.

"While you're honking your horns, yelling and protesting, YOU are putting people at risk. YOU are making it impossible for EMS to get to LIFE AND DEATH situations. YOU are disturbing the peace of people who are already admitted to the hospital. YOU are Preventing health care workers to swiftly respond to cardiac arrests etc. Stay home. Save a life."

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