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.
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%.