Emergency Departments Overwhelmed with Flu Cases
This year’s flu season has brought record-breaking numbers of patients to the region’s Emergency Departments, leading to extremely long wait times and — in some cases — having to divert patients to other facilities for care.
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Network, along with MultiCare Health System and other area health officials encourage anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms to consider alternative care options to the emergency department, unless there are also underlying health conditions. We offer numerous, convenient urgent care and walk-in clinics throughout the region that can take care of patients with the flu, as well as virtual care options.
Other options available include:
- Mary Bridge Pediatric Urgent Care clinics.
- MultiCare Doctor On Demand — Online video visits available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- MultiCare eCare — Online diagnosis and treatment service that connects you with a MultiCare clinician no matter where you are
More information about this year's flu season.