Flu cases are rising in Central Oregon, and health care officials fear area hospitals will become overrun with sick people.

Three times as many emergency room visits for flu symptoms were recorded in the week ending Nov. 19 in Deschutes County, compared to the week before, when there were nine patients, according to data from Deschutes County Health Services. The rise comes as other viruses are circulating in the community: COVID-19 and respiratory syncytial virus, a virus that hits very young children that’s often called RSV.

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Suzanne Roig has been a reporter with The Bulletin since 2018 covering business and health in the region. When she's not working she enjoys taking her dog Pono out on hikes.

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