JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health reported Friday, April 3, that 11 more people died in the last week due to influenza.
That brings the total number of flu-related deaths, including three pediatric deaths, this season to 116.
During the 2018-19 flu season, 120 Arkansans died from flu-related complications.
Arkansas reported “regional” activity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the geographic spread of influenza, and “Low” or 5 out of 10 for intensity.
The CDC estimates as many as 24,000 people have died nationwide this season, including 155 pediatric deaths.
Since Sept. 29, 35,900 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers, with over 150 positive tests reported this week.
As of April 3, ADH is aware of 42 schools that closed briefly due to the flu this season.
The ADH says since Sept. 29, 12 facilities, including 10 nursing homes, have reported influenza outbreaks.
The flu is reported as being widespread in 38 states and Puerto Rico, and regional in 10 states. The District of Columbia and two states reported local activity.
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