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Cook County Hospital Holds as Flu Outbreak Overwhelms Area Healthcare Facilites

By at January 10, 2013 | 10:15 am | Print

Originally published at, January 8, 2012

It is without question, flu season. These days, the state of the flu so bad in our area that a number of hospitals have resorted to diverting ambulances to other hospitals because of the flu’s impact on its emergency rooms.

Cook County Hospital turns away no one, but it doesn’t mean there is room inside. Patients line the walls while they wait for news inside the ER and the flu is largely to blame. 80 additional patients are seen each day at Cook County because of the flu.  At Rush, it is more than 50.

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