Flu Season One Of The Worst According To WRH CEO

The flu bug continues to affect Windsor Regional Hospital.

"It could be the worst influenza season that we've seen in the last 10 years for sure, if not 20," says Windsor Regional Hospital President & CEO David Musyj.  "It's been a bad year but again the team here has really done an amazing job, really proud of them."  

He says capacity at both campuses remains high and is averaging around 100 percent.

Earlier this year, capacity averaged between 103 and 105 percent at both campuses.

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Doctor vaccinating women in hospital. (Photo courtesy iStock/wissanu01)

Musyj says in December, January and February the hospital admitted close 350 more flu-related patients compared to the same three months last year.

"We've had more patients," says Musyj.  "We got more patients come through the emergency department and then what we're seeing in the community is there's far more greater amount of positive influenza testing."   

Last month, the local health unit reported more than 10 flu related deaths in the region since the start of influenza season.  (mid to late November)   

The health unit also stated there were 220 lab confirmed cases of the flu.