Flu Causing Overcrowding At WRH
(WINDSOR, ON) – Two days after Windsor Regional Hospital declared an outbreak of the flu, the Health Unit confirmed the area’s first death due to the virus. Influenza is also being blamed for overcrowding at both campuses of WRH.
Hospital CEO David Musyj is recommending that residents abstain from visiting the emergency rooms at both the Ouellette and Met campuses and suggests to may be quite some time before the situation returns to normal.
Nether site has any available beds after admitting an influx of patients with more crowding the waiting rooms. WRH reports being at over capacity downtown and at the Tecumseh Road location. Musyj suggests visiting a community clinic rather than presenting at one of the campuses unless it is an emergency.
“The province is bracing for a challenging flu season,” Dr Wajid Ahmed, the acting Medical Officer of Health, said in a release in November. “The percentage of laboratory tests positive for influenza remains higher for this time of year compared to previous seasons.”
A large number of long term care homes have reported flu cases in addition to Windsor Regional Hospital, including the city-owned Huron Lodge.
Six people in Windsor and Essex County died from the flu last season.