Sick with the flu? – Stay home!

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Emer­gency rooms in the Town­ships have be­come crowded in the last few weeks with peo­ple suf­fer­ing from the flu. Since Jan­uary 3rd, thank­fully, there has been a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion, by about half, of pa­tients show­ing up at the ER of the Ma­gog hospi­tal. On Jan­uary 6th, nine peo­ple went to that ER with flu symp­toms.

The emer­gency rooms at both the CHUS Fleu­ri­mont and Ho­tel-Dieu have also been over­run with flu suf­fer­ers. On Mon­day, at the Ho­tel Dieu, there were: 43 peo­ple on stretch­ers; 17 peo­ple wait­ing hos­pi­tal­iza­tion; 16 pa­tients in iso­la­tion; 18 in the wait­ing room; and 45 peo­ple ar­rived by am­bu­lance (com­pared to 25 in the same time pe­riod last year). At the Fleu­ri­mont

ER there were: 46 pa­tients on stretch­ers; 21 wait­ing hos­pi­tal­iza­tion; 8 in iso­la­tion; 7 in the wait­ing room; and 37 ar­rived by am­bu­lance.

The symp­toms most com­mon among those show­ing up in ERs were: flu symp­toms; pneu­mo­nia; breath­ing prob­lems; car­dio-res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems; a few cases of neu­rol­ogy and a few cases of gas­troen­teri­tis.

Peo­ple who have flu symp­toms such as fever and a cough and those who have the stom­ach flu are be­ing asked to call Info-santé 811 for help or go to a med­i­cal clinic in­stead of to an emer­gency room. Hospi­tal vis­its sus­pended

Be­cause of the flu out­break, the CHUS is no longer al­low­ing pa­tient vis­its at their two hos­pi­tals. No vis­i­tors will be al­lowed ex­cept in the de­part­ments of pe­di­atrics, ma­ter­nity and pal­lia­tive care where only one non-sick vis­i­tor at a time will be per­mit­ted.

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