Flu contingency plans in place

by Larry Lemmons
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - Amarillo hospitals are dealing with a strain on their emergency rooms.

The city of Amarillo says it has pulled the trigger on flu contingency plans. If necessary the city will open off-site screening clinics, essentially triage units to treat people who believe they have the flu.

This will only happen if the local hospitals get to the point where the number of patients in the E. R. becomes unmanageable.

They're monitoring the situation on an hourly basis. Both Northwest Texas Health Care System and Baptist St. Anthony's have seen a spike in the number of patients. BSA says they saw about 240 patients in each of the past two days at the hospital, but that's still manageable for them.

The locations of these potential off-site clinics are still under consideration but they would be situated around the city.