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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Response times at UPMC Chautauqua Hospital’s emergency department is delayed, due to a flood of RSV cases and other illnesses.
The Falconer Fire Department issued a warning to community members about long delays in care on Monday.
This doesn’t mean incoming patients will be turned away, but rather, be prioritized based on severe medical emergencies.
RSV, or Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is a common illness that occurs annually, but arrived earlier than expected this year.
That, mixed with flu, COVID-19, and short staffing is the primary cause, with too many patients and not enough staff or beds to handle the volume.
Those acute medical emergencies are asked to avoid the ED and rather visit their primary care provider or a local urgent care center.
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