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Increasing Cases of Respiratory Illness: What You Can Do  


January 12, 2024
Like many parts of the nation, Delaware is experiencing increases in respiratory illnesses. These increases are creating a surge in patients seeking care in hospital emergency departments, which has an impact on hospital capacity, workforce, and emergency department wait times.
Meeting the needs of patients is the number one priority of Delaware’s hospitals. Our hospitals plan for increases in respiratory illness in the winter months and are ready to care for those in need. 
The Delaware Healthcare Association reminds Delawareans that they can help by using emergency departments only for serious or life-threatening conditions. If you’re sick, please reach out to your primary care provider or visit an urgent care or walk-in facility to address your condition. If it is an emergency, go to your nearest emergency department or dial 9-1-1.
We cannot stress enough the importance of getting vaccinated against flu, COVID-19, and if applicable, RSV. We also recommend preventative measures like frequent handwashing, maintaining social distance, wearing a face mask that covers both your nose and mouth, and staying home when sick.

-Brian Frazee, President & CEO, Delaware Healthcare Association‚Äč