Flu symptom sufferers spike visits to northern Ontario hospitals

Two hospitals in northeastern Ontario are reporting higher than normal wait times in their emergency departments due to people coming in with flu symptoms.

Two hospitals in northeastern Ontario are reporting higher than normal wait times in their emergency departments due to people coming in with flu symptoms.

(Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

In Sault Ste. Marie, a spokesperson for the hospital said there are upwards of 150 people coming in daily up from about 130 each day last week.

Officials are asking people with non-urgent conditions to seek treatment elsewhere, such as a family doctor, a nurse practitioner or a clinic.

A spokesperson for the North Bay Regional Health Centre said it is also seeing an increase, but the numbers are slowly starting to go down.

Health Sciences North in Sudbury said it is not seeing an influx in flu cases.

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