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Take steps to avoid serious respiratory illnesses

January 17, 2024

UHS, Lourdes and the Broome County Health Department are monitoring an increase in 
hospitalizations associated with COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus infection (RSV) and 
the flu, and recommending that the public take steps to avoid exposure.

Cases of respiratory illness are at an all-time high in the Southern Tier, with some hospitals 
once again requiring patients, visitors and staff to mask up. Masks are required at UHS and 
recommended at Lourdes.

The public is also being encouraged to take steps to avoid getting and spreading the illnesses: 
wash your hands frequently, get vaccinated and consider wearing a mask in crowded indoor 

Also, because of the increase in patients seeking care in the hospitals, it’s important to know 
when to visit an Emergency Room and when to opt for a Walk-In if you’re not feeling well.
An emergency room is best if you are experiencing a critical, life-threatening medical situation. 
Wait times vary because hospital staff need to treat the most seriously ill and injured patients first.

A walk-in center exists to provide patients with immediate care for situations that cannot wait for 
a scheduled physician’s appointment, and can include such illnesses as coughs, sore throats, rashes, 
ear infections and sinus pain.

Online scheduling and virtual walk-in services are provided by Lourdes, at getlourdescare.com, 
and by UHS at nyuhs.org.