Hospitalizations spike in Fresno County, officials urge vigilance during holiday season – Health

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — Influenza, COVID-19, and RSV cases continue to rise across the region.

“We're definitely seeing an increase in hospitalizations across the county,” said Mato Parker, emergency medical services coordinator for Fresno County Public Health.

Fresno County Emergency Medical Services Coordinator Mato Parker said the increase is typical for this season.

“Typically, in the colder months, we see an increase in respiratory illnesses. And we see that here in the Central Valley, along with other types of illnesses and, of course, our trauma that we typically see in the Valley.” Parker said.

Parker added that as hospitalizations increase, his department works closely with other counties and the California Department of Public Health to make the necessary changes to provide the best care for patients who need help.

Health officials warn of extra precautions if you have an underlying health condition.

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“Especially if you're over 65, you're at the highest risk of having some bad outcome from these viruses. It can sneak up on you and take your life, so go to your doctor, get tested, and know what you're up to.” You can get treatment,” said CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen.

Cohen also said that this is the first time in history that there are vaccines for all three viruses.

“We're still early in the flu season, so get your updated flu shot and start getting your updated COVID shot. We're going to see more and more viruses in the next few weeks and into January, so don't delay in protecting yourself,” Cohen said.

Another option for urgent care treatment can be during the holiday season when emergency rooms are overwhelmed.

Fresno County Public Health says it's important to know when to look for one or the other

You can find more information here here About urgent care, emergency rooms and telehealth.

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