Health: Flu deaths in Georgia hold at 83 through March 14; almost double the toll from the previous season.

Health: Flu deaths in Georgia hold at 83 through March 14; almost double the toll from the previous season.

Source: Georgia Department of Public Health.

 

The number of flu deaths in Georgia held at 83 for the week ending March 14. What’s key is the number didn’t change from the previous week.

While the season — from late September to the middle of May — still has at least six weeks to go, it still represents nearly a doubling of fatal cases from all of 2018-19. We’re already in the deadliest season in Georgia since 151 people died between October 2017 and May 2018.

Nearly half of this season’s victims have been 65 and older; another 20 victims were age 50 to 64.

The weekly report ending March 14 shows 54 people were hospitalized by the illness with one additional outbreak recorded. For the season, 2,445 people have been hospitalized with 98 outbreaks tracked.

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.
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