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2 more flu-related deaths, activity still ‘widespread’

January 11, 2019

In the first week of 2019, there were two flu-related deaths in Connecticut, according to a report from the Connecticut Department of Public Health released Thursday.

With two additional deaths, that brings the total to six for this flu season so far as activity continues to be widespread across the state, the report said.

Of the six reported deaths, four of them were people over the age of 65, one was a person between 50-years-old and 64-years-old and one was a person between 25-years-old and 49-years-old, the report said.

There have been 1,039 flu-positive laboratory tests, up more than 200 from the week before, during the current flu season from Aug. 26, 2018 through Jan. 5.

In the report for the last week of December, the Connecticut Department of Public Health reported 787 flu-positive lab tests, up from 527 flu-positive reports the week prior.

Of all the flu-positive lab tests in Connecticut, 342 from Hartford County, 314 from New Haven County, 172 from Fairfield County, 62 from Middlesex County, 48 from New London County, 43 from Litchifield County, 29 from Tolland County, 23 from Windham County and six from unknown counties.

“Influenza activity has rapidly increased in Connecticut during the past several weeks,” Thursday’s report said.

But the percentage of statewide emergency department visits attributed to flu-like symptoms decreased slightly from 10.8 percent in the last week of December to 10.4 percent for the first week of January.

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