by Kara Sewell (WICHITA, Kan.)
Sedgwick County Health Department says hospital emergency rooms are packed with people who have flu-like symptoms.
Via Christi says their ER patient load increases weekly, easily seeing an extra thirty to sixty extra people a day.
That number goes up when doctor's offices close.
Alice Bell, a nurse at Via Christi believes fear has played a part in the rise.
But says neither fear or symptoms of the flu should bring you to the E-R.
Besides being unnecessary Bell says it's expensive.
"If you have insurance to cover that, it goes to the insurance but typically you have a co-pay and then those who are uninsured end up with a bill as well," says Nurse Alice Bell.