Flu cases in Ohio are swamping hospitals, which are urging people to avoid ERs if possible

January 2, 2015 7:24 AM

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Columbus has seen the largest number of flu hospitalizations in a week since the city started recording them in 2009, according to public health officials. The news comes as unusually high numbers of flu sweep the state, with some hospitals urging people to stay away from emergency rooms.

The totals since reporting began in August would be 375 if no more cases are reported by the end of this week, though officials expect more, said Jose Rodriguez, a city health department spokesman. That would be more than five times the 74 cases reported this time last year.

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