ADH: Flu claimed 2 lives in past week

There were 120 Arkansans who died during the last flu season.

ADH: Flu claimed 2 lives in past week

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health reported Wednesday, April 8, that 2 more people died in the last week due to influenza.

That brings the total number of flu-related deaths, including three pediatric deaths, this season to 118.

During the 2018-19 flu season, 120 Arkansans died from flu-related complications.

The CDC estimates as many as 24,000 people have died nationwide this season, including 155 pediatric deaths.

Arkansas reported “Local” activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the geographic spread of influenza, and “Minimal” or 1 out of 10 for intensity.

Since Sept. 29, there have been 35,900 positive influenza tests reported to the ADH online database by healthcare providers, with over 80 positive tests reported this week.

As of April 3, ADH is aware of 42 schools that closed briefly due to the flu this season.

The ADH says 12 facilities, including 10 nursing homes, have reported influenza outbreaks since Sept. 29.

The flu is reported as being widespread in 22 states and Puerto Rico, and regional in 18 states. The District of Columbia and 7 states reported local activity.

You can report flu year-round and view the weekly influenza report during the influenza season by clicking here.

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