Health: Georgia’s flu midseason death rate jumps to 42. That’s two below the entire last season.

Health: Georgia’s flu midseason death rate jumps to 42. That’s two below the entire last season.

 

The 2019-20 flu season grows tougher each week with 42 deaths now attributed to influenza since Sept. 25.

That’s an increase of seven deaths since the last report. Also, the latest numbers show more than half of those succumbing to the flu are ages 65 or older. Another six victims were ages 50 to 64. The complete breakdown is available in the chart above from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Some other numbers of concern at this midpoint of the current season:

  • 1,375  people have been hospitalized with the flu so far this season.
  • There have been 57 “outbreaks” report to date.
  • Almost 26 percent of all tests are coming back positive for the flu.
  • The flu is said to be “widespread” in the state.
  • The latest full report is available here.

For background purposes, some numbers from the previous four full seasons in Georgia:

  • 2018-19: 44 deaths, 1,582 hospitalizations.
  • 2017-18: 151 deaths, 3,139 hospitalizations.
  • 2016-17: 9 deaths, 1,484 hospitalizations.
  • 2015-16: 7 deaths, 582 hospitalizations.

WHAT TO KNOW

All area hospitals continue visitor restrictions because of flu: 

  • No visitors other than immediate family members or other people approved by the patient
  • No visitors younger than 13
  • No visitors with flu-like symptoms, which include cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose and vomiting or diarrhea.

Harbin Clinic offers wellness tips:

  • Get a flu shot to protect yourself from this year’s flu virus strains. It’s your best defense against the flu.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap
  • ​Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze
  • If you feel sick, wear a facemask to help prevent germs from spreading
  • When sick, stay home to avoid exposing others
  • Please click for additional information.
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