Flu cases continue to be relatively low for the week ending March 9, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. There were no new fatalities, but 21 hospitalizations related to the flu in metro Atlanta. Since Sept. 30, a total of 1,330 people have been hospitalized and 19 people have died.
During the 2017-18 season, there were a total of 3,139 hospitalized and 151 deaths. The previous season, 2016-17, there were nine flu deaths and 1,484 hospitalizations.
Flu deaths: Since Sept. 30, 19 people have died in Georgia from the flu including 11 people 65 or older; four people 50 through 64; two people ages 18 through 49; one person ages 5 through 17; and one child ages 0-4.
Even with a relatively slow week with 21 hospitalizations reported and no additional deaths, flu cases are considered “widespread” in Georgia with six new outbreaks during the reporting period.
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