State Health Department Monitoring Increase In Respiratory Illness

(Richmond)- State health officials say you need to be extra careful to protect yourself from the cold and flu right now. They sound the alarm that cases of flu and other respiratory illnesses have increased compared to a year ago. A spokesman with the Virginia Department of Health says the triple threat from the Flu, COVID-19 and RSV has also led to a shortage of hospital beds and, in many cases, required longer stays.