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:

More information about this year's flu season