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Swine flu: clinics fielding ‘lots’ of calls

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Two of the local medical clinics said midmorning Thursday they are fielding numerous calls about the swine flu in the hours after the Park City School District canceled classes because of suspected cases.

The Snow Creek Medical Center is fielding "lots" of calls from people concerned about swine flu, a certified family nurse practitioner said.

Jennifer Knight also said the center has seen "a few patients with cold and cough symptoms." She said, though, none had tested positive for influenza A, the version of the flu that is suspected in swine-flu cases.

She did not disclose how many people had been tested.

If a patient tested positive, the clinic would conduct further testing for state health officials.

Snow Creek Medical Center said it is distributing 500 medical masks. Each person may receive one mask.

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At Park City Healthcare, staffers said the clinic is offering regularly scheduled patients the chance to move their appointments to another date. The clinic said it prefers to treat walk-in patients only on Thursday. Staffers are asking patients to put on medical masks when they enter.

Bill Pidwell, a physician at Park City Healthcare, said there has been an increase in the number of people asking to be tested for the flu since early in the week.

"So far we have not had any documented cases of swine flu," Pidwell said.

A representative from Redstone Health Center was not immediately available.