The continued outbreak of influenza has led the Knox Center for Long-Term CareĀ  to ask visitors, including family members, to stay away.

A confirmed case of influenza at the Knox Center led to the decision. Family members were notified Tuesday, Feb. 6, of the action. The action follows the recommendation of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Signs are posted at the door of the Knox Center which state "Due to a positive case of influenza in this facility, positive cases in the community and high outbreak in the state, we are requesting no visitors at this time in order to protect our residents."

There are about 80 residents at the center.

The latest report from the Maine CDC, for the week ending Feb. 3, said there were 35 new cases of influenza confirmed in Knox County. Seventeen people had to be admitted to the hospital because of the disease during the past week.

Knox County has been one of the hardest-hit counties in Maine from the flu outbreak.

Since Oct. 1, 194 people have contracted the flu and 90 have had to be hospitalized, according to the CDC. The spike locally began after New Year's, with cases jumping from 15 in the first week of 2018 to 38 the following week, 51 for the week ending Jan. 20, and 37 in the week ending Jan. 27.

Neighboring Lincoln County also saw a spike this past week, with 41 people confirmed as having contracted influenza and 18 people hospitalized. Waldo County had 33 confirmed cases last week, with 12 people hospitalized.

Statewide last week, there were 876 new flu cases confirmed and 120 people hospitalized.

More women than men have gotten the flu. The average age of the people contracting the flu was 45, while the average age of those hospitalized was 60, according to the CDC.