Dubuque Hospitals Nearing Capacity Due to Flu Outbreak

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - The two hospitals in Dubuque are close to reaching, or have reached, capacity because many patients are sick with the flu.

Staff at Finley Hospital said they've been near capacity for the past few days but they are ready if any more patients arrive.

Right now, Finley is nearing what they call traditional capacity. In order to make room for any additional patients, the staff will need to rearrange some of the beds.

"Currently we utilize all private rooms but if we would exceed the capacity with the private rooms we could go back to semi private or areas where we'd be clustering even additional patients," said Chief Nursing Officer Diana Batchelor.

FInley will only allow patients who have the same illness to share a room and they say they will not turn patients away.

Mercy Medical Center is also close to reaching capacity. The hospital could soon need to start converting some of the recovery rooms in what's more like a regular medical room.

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