Sixteen new cases of influenza were confirmed in Knox County during the past week. This is the third consecutive week in which the numbers have increased significantly.

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 16 new cases of the flu confirmed in Knox County for the week ending Dec. 21. This compares to seven the previous week, four the week before that and none the week previously before that.

That increases the number of cases since Oct. 1 to 29.

None of the cases have resulted in a patient being hospitalized, according to the CDC release issued Tuesday, Dec. 24. However, one local woman died last week from complications of the flu along with other health issues, according to an obituary received by the newspaper.

The flu season last season peaked in mid-March when there were 26 new cases in Knox County in a single week.

Statewide last week, there were 240 new cases with York reporting the most at 73. Lincoln County had seven new cases last week and Waldo County had six new cases.

The CDC continues to recommend people wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs, and stay home if they are sick as ways to prevent the spread of the flu.