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If someone in your home is sick, they aren't the only one battling the flu, Covid, or RSV. According to the City of Lubbock Health Department more and more people are getting sick and that also means more people are visiting the hospital attempting to get care.

Healthcare officials are calling this a tripledemic due to rise in all 3 cases, still most of the danger is to the elderly. According to the City of Lubbock Health Department, this December has seen the most cases of December in the last five years.

KAMC also reports that the high number of cases has put a strain on the local medical community.

“The wait time to get into urgent care or to get through or to be seen by a primary care provider much longer…if we have more people than normal, that need to access that higher level of care that’s provided at the hospital, or they’re in the hospital longer, because some of these viruses can take longer to clear, especially if you have some underlying conditions. So, then you start seeing more and more people in those facilities.” Wells, said.

Wells recommends that if you plan to do some traveling this holiday season that you take precautions to prevent transmission of any virus.

Officials expect numbers to pick up even more after Christmas and New Year's when people will be gathering together. Stay healthy if you can and remember to wash your hands.

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