Pediatric respiratory cases, flu strain Pacific NW hospitals

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Children’s hospitals in the Pacific Northwest are struggling to maintain enough space for their young patients.

Some report being over capacity, amid increasing strain due to a surge in respiratory illness and hospitalizations.

Two hospitals in Portland have moved to crisis standards of care.

OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel account for much of the state’s pediatric intensive care capacity.

In neighboring Washington state, health officials in King County, home to Seattle, have reported the first death of a child from flu complications this season.


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