7 More Flu-Related Deaths In Past Week

Aaron Kupec
March 15, 2018 - 3:27 pm
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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - Flu activity has peaked for the season in Connecticut, though it remains widespread.

In its weekly update, the Connecticut Department of Public Health reported 119 flu-related deaths so far this season, including seven in the past week, for the week ending March 10.

“Connecticut has passed the peak of the flu season and our numbers are trending in the right direction. We still have a few more weeks of flu activity to get through, and people should continue to take precautions to avoid contracting or spreading the flu, but the worst of the season appears to be behind us,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino.

Statewide emergency department visits attributed to the flu have decreased for the last five weeks, but at 7.3 percent, remain well above the baseline level of 5 percent statewide, said officials.

A total of 2,418 patients have been hospitalized with confirmed cases of flu between last August and March 10. A total of 8,117 influenza positive laboratory tests have been reported during this season.