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Flu, respiratory patients may be diverted from Tyler hospitals due to high patient volumes

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Due to the high number of patients entering East Texas emergency rooms with flu-like symptoms, some may be turned away and directed to other medical establishments.

According to Rebecca Berkley with East Texas Medical Center, both ETMC and Trinity Mother Frances have recently been forced to divert patients experiencing upper respiratory problems. When patients are being diverted from a facility, that facility has exhausted their resources and must turn away patients being transferred or transported to their facility.

Both Tyler hospitals will balance the flow of patients between one another based on patient request.

Upper respiratory problems can include the flu, pneumonia and severe colds.

ETMC is not currently diverting patients, but say they may have to if the hospital begins experiencing high volumes of upper respiratory patients again.

On Thursday, ETMC revealed that one person had died from the flu this flu season and that over 160 others had tested positive for flu symptoms.

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