Baylor hospital is announcing it’s now operating on what they call a “code yellow” status as a result of the high influx of flu patients in the North Texas area.
A virulent flu strain is being blamed for the deaths of dozens of North Texans and has sickened many more. At John Peter Smith in Fort Worth, emergency room traffic has jumped some 35 percent.
Many people across North Texas are struggling to find the flu shot. However, local health officials said that there are still plenty of doses available throughout the area.
As the flu virus continues its deadly spread across North Texas, health officials are telling those who have been avoiding flu shots that there is still time to get protected. And many hold outs are beginning to listen.
A new aggressive approach to collecting flu statistics, the Dallas County Health and Human Services said, has led to more accurate flu numbers this year than in the past.
Keller ISD has stepped up cleaning efforts at all campuses during the flu outbreak. Each day cleaning crews take over classrooms wiping tables, chairs and door knobs
For the first time this season, Collin County and Hunt County are reporting flu-related deaths. A total of 34 people in North Texas have now died after flu-related complications.
The small lobby of the Neighborhood Clinic on Collins in Arlington was cramped with patients Monday, many of them suffering flu-like symptoms. When asked if the number of patients was larger than normal a doctor said, “Oh goodness, yes!”
Several Catholic churches in North Texas are changing there ceremonies due to flu concerns.
More people are packing into urgent care clinics, seeking a vaccine, as hospitals overflow with flu-concerned patients.
Hundreds of people turned away at Chase Oaks Family Center in Plano after flu vaccines are used up.
Fort Worth health workers are looking into what may be another flu-related death.