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Flu plagues New Richmond area

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Flu season has arrived and while most health professionals are estimating that New Richmond has hit its peak, residents are still encouraged to get their flu shot.

Laurie Harvieux, communications manager with Westfields Hospital, said the hospital's Emergency Department saw an increase in patients during the first couple weeks of January, but the number of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) at Westfields Hospital has not been unusually high.

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