Influenza picks up steam
DeKALB – The emergency room at Kishwaukee Community Hospital has seen a steady stream of patients with flu-like symptoms since the beginning of December.
The hospital treated 250 people with flu-like symptoms in December, and saw 115 patients with the same symptoms from Jan. 1 to 11, an average of more than 10 a day.
“Earlier in the week there was a surge in admissions requiring some people to be held in the ER, which we just expanded this past year, until a bed was available,” Sharon Emanuelson, marketing and public relations director of the KishHealth System said, adding that the crisis has subsided, but they are still busy.
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