BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland is among 26 states with high levels of the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Maryland Department of Health calls the flu outbreak in the state “high” and “widespread.”
The epidemic has brought a surge in emergency room visits in states where the flu is hitting hardest. In Califronia, some hospitals have had to set up triage tents outside ER’s to handle the patient load.
“The day came when we had extended waits of up to eight and nine hours for a patient to be seen,” says Michelle Gunnett, Palomar Medical Center’s emergency room nursing director.