At Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, staff members have seen a spike in viruses hitting children all at once. Patients that were simply recovering from a virus are now being faced with a gastrointestinal bug or a different bug that has left them with longer-lasting symptoms.

“These are nondescript, but they linger,” Associate Chief Nursing Officer Laura-Anne Cleveland said. “Typically you think of a 24-hour, sometimes 48-hour, bug and it’s out, but it’s [been] compounded by the fact that it is lasting. It’s lasting sometimes three, five, seven days.”

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