Emergency response teams feeling the strain of flu season

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – Hospitals around the country have been overrun and exhausted this flu season.

So have emergency response teams.

Mercy Flights has been getting higher call volumes than usual this time of year.

Their call volume went up 20% in November.

It’s also up 19% from the same time a year ago.

Daily call volume peaks range from 33% to 62% increases from 2021.

“There is some seasonality to call volume, but overall, this November was considerably higher than normal. The combination of flu, RSV, and covid has affected not only Oregon but its impact has been felt really across the country. I think the best way for people to be protected is to make sure to get their flu vaccine,” Mercy Flights Vice President of Operations Dick Whipple said.

Jackson County health officials have said the flu activity level in the county is high and circulating widely.

Ethan McReynolds is a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC5 News. He grew up in Bothell, Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Broadcasting and minors in Journalism and Sport Management. At Gonzaga, he started his own sports podcast. Ethan loves rooting for his hometown Seattle sports teams, especially the Mariners. He loves playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also an avid Taylor Swift fan.
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