PRMC seeing a higher spike in flu patients, hospital says its well prepared

PARIS, Tex. (KXII) -- Texoma is having one its worst flu seasons in recent years and here in Paris PRMC is seeing a high volume of patients from all over the region.

PRMC serves as regional hospital for around 250,000 people.

The Texas Department of State Health Services says so far this season 88 percent of positive specimens have been type A flu.

PRMC Chief Nursing Officer Shane Crisp says the hospital is well prepared at this time to handle more patients but emphasizes healthier people should see a doctor before heading to the emergency room.

"The emergency department is better suited for patients that are very ill. If someone is having flu-like symptoms and is well enough to go to their doctor privately, that is going to be the best option for them." Crisp said.

Crisp says that extended fever and body aches have been the most typical early symptoms.

He says the hospital is seeing the peak volume that they saw last year through February right now in early January, especially with elderly patients.

He stresses for people to wash their hands, hydrate well, and cover their cough.

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