Flu Activity Saw Slight Reprieve In Pennsylvania Last Week

February 7, 2019

Flu activity was slightly less intense last week throughout Pennsylvania, according to the state health department. Every county had new flu cases to report — nearly 4,000 of them, bringing the total to 24,853. But put into context, overall activity has decreased slightly in the week ending Feb. 2, the state reports in its weekly update. The state saw a relative peak in activity the week prior, with the adjusted numbers showing nearly 4,300 confirmed cases in the fourth week of the year. The most recent tally brings the state back from that peak. It’s also a far cry from the number of cases reported during the fifth week of last year: about 12,000. In fact, this year’s numbers have been tracking consistently in the middle of the pack. The pack includes 9 years of data. Nevertheless, influenza remains “widespread” in the state and above the epidemic threshold, with the Southeast and Northwest regions getting hit the hardest. Five more adult flu-associated deaths were reported, bringing the total up to 30. The new flu case totals for Luzerne County are 1,587, up from 1,508 last week. — THE MORNING CALL

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