Sickening: Flu Hits Hard Woodbury

Founder of Woodbury's Urgency Room says cases have been “through the roof.”


DelMonico Dance studio was closed Thursday, according to a note on its Facebook page.

The reason? The flu.

Due to having a huge number of absences because of children sick with the flu, we have decided to take this evening to disinfect the studio. We plan to be open for Friday classes. If your child has flu-like symptoms, please keep them home until they are well. We hope everyone can enjoy the night off to rest and care for your sick little ones.

Since the start of the flu season, 578 Minnesotans have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, according to the state Department of Public Health. The MDH on Thursday reported 27 deaths in the state, including 23 that officials have been able to confirm as flu-related since Dec. 30.


The Urgency Rooms in Eagan and Woodbury have experienced a substantial rise in flu patients over the last two weeks, according to Urgency Room founder and owner Dr. Gary Gosewisch.

The flow of flu patients has been so heavy that Gosewisch increased staffing levels by 35 percent at the Woodbury facility to help manage the extra patients.

“They’re through the roof, and I mean that in all sincerity," Gosewisch said.

The Basics

Good hand washing is the No. 1 thing people can do to prevent the flu, according to Anthony Nardi, MD, physician services medical director with HealthEast. And for those who get it, rest, drinking plenty of fluids and taking ibuprofen or Tylenol is the best treatment. The flu can last more than 72 hours in some cases, he said.

Nardi does not recommend people go to the ER.

“There’s really not much we can do for them,” he said, adding that going to the hospital also brings with it the chance to make others ill.

Flu Shots

Flu shots are available the following locations in Woodbury:

  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Walgreens
  • Target Pharmacy

People can also search for places via this federal government website.

CDC Info

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers the following information:


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Joel January 11, 2013 at 03:13 AM
By the way, I completely agree with E.R. overuse and its inappropriate replacement for primary care issues. It is a huge problem. I just disagree with generalizations about people who have influenza and show up at the E.R. It is insulting to the 500 or so hospitalized influenza patients who likely presented to the E.R.
Lana Huelsmann January 11, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Joel, as I stated, stay out of the ER "UNLESS warranted". Obviously in some cases it is, however, in the vast majority of those infected, it's not.
Joel January 11, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Lana, I know that is what you said, but that is not what the article said. "Nadir does not recommend people go to the E.R...there is not much we can do for them." Some people will take statements like these verbatim and not get help when they need help. It is a balancing act to avoid filling the E.R. will all influenza patients. I simply wanted to inform anyone reading this article that there are severe cases where you should be seen and to not feel guilty for the "chance to make others ill." That's all.
Kris Janisch January 11, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Got this post updated: The MDH on Thursday reported 27 deaths in the state, including 23 that officials have been able to confirm as flu-related since Dec. 30.
Kris Janisch January 14, 2013 at 10:42 PM
South Washington County Schools also recently posted flu info on its website: http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/HotTopics/Flu/


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