Sick with the flu? – Stay home!
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.