3 more flu-related deaths in Connecticut
Flu cases statewide remained widespread for the fourth week of 2018 and there were three additional flu-related deaths, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health report published Thursday.
The three flu-associated deaths reported during week four pushes the total number of deaths reported in Connecticut for the season to 14. Of the 14 flu-related deaths, nine were people over the age of 65, four were between the ages of 50 and 64 and one person was between the ages of 25 and 49.
The percentage of statewide emergency department visits related to flu-like symptoms has decreased slightly from 10.9 percent in week three to 10.6 percent in week four.
There have been 954 hospitalized patients were lab-confirmed influenza admitted between Aug. 26, 2018, to Jan. 26, 2019.
Ther ehave been 2,484 lab-confirmed flu positive tests statewide — 690 in Hartford County, 675 in New Haven County, 521 in Fairfield County, 166 in New London County, 146 in Middlesex County, 101 in Litchfield County, 83 in Windham County, 52 in Tolland County and 50 from unknown counties.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the percentage of people nationally seeing their health care provider with flu-like illnesses is 3.3 percent above the national baseline of 2.2 percent.