Monday, 19 March, 2018

State reports 12 more flu deaths; death toll at 276

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Melissa Porter | 09 March, 2018, 19:47

It may be too soon to say, but the number of influenza cases is trending down in the commonwealth, according to the Virginia Department of Health.

So far this season, five children have died from the flu. For the past several weeks, the number of new hospitalizations related to the flu has continued to drop.

Although the number of confirmed flu cases is declining, health officials say New Yorkers should still take appropriate steps to stop the spread of the virus.

We urge community members who become ill with symptoms of the flu to contact their primary care provider, seek care at a walk-in clinic like Mission My Care Now, conduct an online visit with a doctor or visit a nearby urgent care facility. Northern and Eastern Virginia were struck more severely than Central Virginia, according to health department data for the week ending March 3.

In the past week, 34 more people died from the flu, bringing the total number in SC this season to 201. And 7,733 lab tests documented flu this season.

Flus generally are more serious in the youngest and oldest and those with compromised immune systems, but the flu this year has sent more children than adults and seniors to emergency rooms for treatment.

The number of patients showing up at CT emergency rooms has dropped for the fourth week in a row. Slater notes that restrictions on hospital visitation that went into effect in late January continue.

Mecklenburg County does not report flu statistics until the end of the season.

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