Yes, they are.

Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest has set up tents for patients with flu-like symptoms, as the flu continues to spread.

The State Department of Health reports that four Pennsylvanians have already died of complications from the influenza virus.

In response to the early start of flu season, the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest had to open an emergency space to care for the increased number of people with flu-like symptoms.

On-scene reporters and other Twitter users have more.

This reminds me of ET. #flutent #flu #allentown #hospital #wtf

Some Twitter users try to deal with the scare with some snark.

The flu season started early this year and more such tents could spring up across the country. We hope the flu does not continue to spread so quickly and that does not become necessary. As always, Twitchy will continue to monitor this story.

  • colliemum

    Just be grateful it’s not an outbreak of the Norovirus.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    “Fairness” in action. Good jorb, leftards. Hey be glad for the tents. Chicago hospitals are turning people away. Funny, I thought our National Socialist Healthcare was meant to STOP people from dying in the streets. I’ll say it again, a bit more stridently:

    • kbielefe

      I can see the campaign ad now: “No more dying in the streets!” Small print: “Tents in the parking lot do not count as ‘streets.'”

    • $21367552

      I’m feeling really betrayed at this point, because it was a much-repeated promise that never again would there be any disease or epidemic again after Obamacare was enacted. Oh, wait.

  • Mikal

    does this mean PA has a problem washing their hands?

  • BeyondPolls

    Yeah that will work REAL well. #not
    But who’s surprised? All the hospital rooms are filthy and leave patients with blood infections.

  • Joe W.

    No better time than now to get right with God, folks. Epidemics such as this are prophesied in Scripture, and it is only going to get worse…..Might want to crack open and read those Bibles….Just sayin’…..

    • $21367552

      “Quack addict”. Very apropos, given your comment.

      • Joe W.

        Got a problem with ducks, or God, sonny??

  • Morneau_for_4

    Aren’t these tents for triage so the rest of the ER doesn’t get overwhelmed? I worked in an ER and during flu season it’s nonstop people wandering in only to be told to go home and don’t expose other people. The media over hypes public health issues and then every hypochondriac shows up at the ER.

  • sqeptiq

    Time for conservatives to pray (loudly and in public, for maximum social prestige) since none of you will do anything useful to help the sick and suffering.

    • Joe W.

      What a crock, SepticTank…

  • yestradamous

    Not too late for a flu shot!

  • Shivae

    Thing is … this is the media’s fault. Happens every year – lots of people with sniffles rush to hospital where they can be exposed to other people who might actually have flu and increasing their exposure. The tents are good thinking! Keep the snifflers away from people with real emergencies!

  • Drew

    This is the new health care. We live in a different environment, one where our Nurses primarily went into the profession for the money, instead of public service. So now we get uncaring staff, and tents because they don’t want to be around them.

    • Ella Halligan

      Any nurse who went into this job for the money will be sadly and rudely awakened… Trust me, we don’t make nearly as much as people think, PLUS we deal with people when even their loved ones don’t want to be around them. ER nurses get spit on, physically assaulted, groped, vomited on, bled on and defecated on… and that’s a good day.

      If you want to blame someone, try looking at the management who cuts staff to the bare minimum (why? because they don’t get reimbursement for nurse’s services the way they do for everything else… we get told that we “come with the room” by management.) and leave the nurses out of your tirade.

  • PSUbrat

    LVH-Cedar Crest is 10 mins from me. What’s not in the article is that they have the largest ER in the region PLUS a separate children’s ER. If they’re putting up tents for overflow, then it must be bad.