ST. CLOUD (WJON News) - Minnesota hospitals and clinics are feeling the pinch from a large number of serious cases of respiratory illness -- including RSV, flu and lingering COVID.

Doctor Jill Amsberry at CentraCare says there are things everyone can do the ease the crunch.

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Staying home when you're sick. Keeping your kids home from school when they're sick, and keeping them out of sports when they're sick.

Amsberry is urging everyone to get a flu shot and a COVID vaccine or booster.

 

She says mask-up while in public spaces, wash hands frequently and cover your cough -- the same precautions many people took during the pandemic.

 

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