Sunday, January 7, 2018

Flu Crisis Has Caused Dallas Hospital To Divert Non-Emergency Patients

Methodist Dallas Medical Center began diverting non-emergency patients to other facilities on Sunday due to lack of available bed space in its hospital and emergency room from a high number of reported flu cases.

In a statement, Methodist Dallas described the lack of bed space and the necessity to reroute patients as "unusual".

"This measure is so we can still take care of emergency patients such as trauma, stroke, and those transferred by ambulance," a spokesperson said. "We take this very seriously because we want to be able to treat anyone in need anytime."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports Texas is one of 26 states now reporting a high number of influenza cases.

The Dallas County Health and Human Services reports 11 flu related deaths so far this season, including the death of a 37-year old Oak Cliff woman on January 3.

Source: WFAA