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Rough flu season taxes Sacramento region’s emergency rooms
Sacramento Bee

The widespread and deadly flu season that has claimed five lives in the Sacramento region is taxing hospital emergency rooms – with some filled to capacity. The early peaking flu season has even forced one of the region’s hospitals to redirect ambulances because it had too many emergency-room patients and not enough beds. At Sutter Medical Center, Roseville, a surge in emergency room walk-ins on Jan. 3 forced the hospital to redirect three ambulances, said Erik Angle, the hospital’s emergency-preparedness coordinator.