Looming flu season worries COVID-strained Kansas hospitals
September 9, 2021
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' hospitals are worried about the upcoming flu season because they're already strained by the surge in COVID-19 cases.
Wichita's four hospitals have been operating for weeks at full capacity, with limited beds and staff. At various points, they have had to ask ambulances to take patients to other facilities, The Wichita Eagle reported.
"Looking ahead, the prospect of COVID-19 potentially being combined with a more typical influenza and viral respiratory illness season is alarming," said Sam Antonios, the chief clinical officer at Ascension Via Christi.