(St. Paul, MN)  —  Health care officials say the winter respiratory disease season is starting early in Minnesota.  Emergency room workers say their departments are getting slammed with a high volume of RSV and flu cases that are filling hospital beds, especially in pediatric wards.  The latest state figures show that Minnesota’s pediatric intensive care and general pediatric department beds are near capacity.  Officials say it’s not clear yet how severe the RSV season will be.