Flu Outbreak Overwhelms Hospitals

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CLEVELAND -- At Quez Media Marketing in Cleveland, a fourth of the office is sick.

"Tyler handed us papers right before Christmas. And just about everyone in the office got the flu," said P.J. Filipowicz, an employee.

Quez is a small advertising and marketing firm of 25 people so the sickness spread quickly.

"As soon as it went to one person, it went to next person and then it made a trail. We were all expecting the email on the next day of who was going to be sick," added Marissa Dalessandro, an employee.

And they are not alone.

In Cuyahoga County, 134 cases of the flu were reported last week, up from 73 the week before, according to the Board of Health.

At the Lake Health Urgent Care in Mentor, the place is packed with patients.

"The flu season came full force and we have just been inundated," said Dr. Nancy Rodway, medical director of LakeHealth.

"We've called in additional staff of course to accommodate the influx of patients," added Gary Robinson, VP of communications of LakeHealth.

In an effort to stem the spread of the seasonal flu, Lake Health has begun limiting visitors to West Medical Center and TriPoint Medical Center.

Although Lake Health will make exceptions in some circumstances, the following temporary restrictions have been put in place immediately.

"Visitors must be 19 years of age or olderĀ and visitation will be limited to two healthy visitors per patient. Adults who exhibit any flu-like symptoms or have been diagnosed with the flu within the past seven days are asked not to visit," said Dr. Rodway.

For more on Lake Health's flu visitation policy, click here

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