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Penn State Hershey Medical Center makes room for flu patients

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HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) -

Emergency rooms in our region are treating a lot of flu patients, and Penn State Hershey Medical Center has taken steps to lessen the burden on its ER.

Officials have activated the Lion Reach mobile unit.  It was used back in 2009 during the H1N1 outbreak.

The 53-foot trailer will be used to provide medical services and care to those with less-severe cases of the flu.  Lion Reach has the capacity to provide oxygen to 13 patients at one time, and staff can provide help to other patients in the mobile facility. 

Patients will be evaluated and either be admitted or discharged with medical instruction.

Officials expect Lion Reach will be up and running within two days.

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