Flu Outbreak Puts Chicago-Area Hospitals On Bypass





” January 8, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — The flu outbreak in the Chicago area seems to be getting worse with some hospitals telling ambulances to take patients elsewhere.

Tuesday morning, at least three Chicago-area hospitals remained on bypass. Northwestern Memorial, University of Chicago and Swedish Covenant were asking ambulances to pass them by, if they could do so safely, because so many people are flooding into their emergency rooms with the flu.

“It can get very busy at any hospital in the winter — especially if there’s a lot of influenza because of that problem,” said Dr. Robert Feldman, Cook County Hospital.

Eight local hospitals were on bypass for at least part of Monday night.

“He was coughing a lot during the past week. Not sure what’s going on,” said Keo Thach. ”




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