Number of Oklahoma flu deaths now stands at 51 for season
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of flu-related deaths in Oklahoma this season now stands at 51.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Thursday that nearly half of the deaths have come in northeastern Oklahoma with 15 in the region and 10 more in Tulsa County, which is tabulated separately.
The department reports more than 2,000 people hospitalized with influenza since the start of the flu season on Sept. 1.
There have been 34 deaths among people 65 or older, 10 in the 50-64 age group, six who were between 18 and 40 and one who was between 5 and 17 years old.
Health Department spokesman Tony Sellars says 291 people died due to the flu during Oklahoma’s previous flu season, the most since the agency began tracking flu deaths in 2009.