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GATES COUNTY, N.C. — If you need to call 911 in Gates County, chances are that call is being answered in Perquimans County. Officials said it’s all because of staffing shortages.

“We redid the schedule and then we lost another one. And then we redid the schedule again and we lost another one,” said Gates County Sheriff Ray Campbell. “We redid the schedule again until we got to the point where we didn’t have enough people to redo the schedule anymore.’