ADH reports increase in flu cases

ADH reports increase in flu cases
(Source: Associated Press)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health has recorded 68 positive flu tests since Sept. 27 with no deaths.

For the week ending with Oct. 17, the state reported “minimal,” or 1 out of 13 influenza-like-illness (ILI) activity levels.

Last week the state reported 31 positive flu cases.

Three antigen-positive flu-related hospital admissions and outbreaks of flu in nursing homes have not been reported this season.

ADH reports two PCR lab-confirmed flu cases.

OF the cases, 63% were influenza A and 37% were influenza B.

Flu and the COVID-19 pandemic have been a concern for those in government and healthcare.

School absenteeism is up 6.1% statewide from the previous week at 5.6%.

The school absenteeism rate increased by 10% in several Region 8 counties, Sharp 9.5%, Mississippi 7.7%, Craighead 7.24%, Woodruff 4.87% and Lawrence 4.7%.

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