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Flu cases hit new high for season

By Stephen Betts | Feb 11, 2020

The past week saw the most influenza cases in Knox County since the 2019-2020 season began Oct. 1.

There were 23 new cases for the week ending Feb. 8, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is up from 15 last week and tops the previous peak of 20 reported five weeks ago.

One person had to be admitted to the hospital last week in Knox County because of the flu, raising that number up to three for the season.

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

Last week, statewide, there were 956 new flu cases, with 34 people having to be admitted to hospitals. Four patients died in Maine last week from the flu, raising the number for the entire season to 17.

The median age of the flu death victims was 77-years-old, ranging from 40-years-old to 104-years-old.

There were 17 new cases in Lincoln County last week and 18 in Waldo County with one person hospitalized.

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.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Linda Falkenmeyer | Feb 15, 2020 18:32

My husband and I are in Fort Myers Florida We both went to quick care and are on drugs not a great way to start our 2 months here people with masks are everywhere....

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 13, 2020 12:17

The flu is not just here in Maine.   Eric had to go to the ER in Lady Lake Florida and there were so many older folks with face masks on and not feeling well.  Children and older folk are the ones to really suffer from the flu.  When Eric and I stopped at a fast food place to eat on our way to Florida, I was in the restroom and actually saw an employee open her stall and go right out the door.  Yep, as unfortunate as it is, we still have people out there with no common sense and no respect for others.  Yes, I did report but I have not idea what happened.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Feb 12, 2020 11:43

WOW! How prayers for those infected.


Posted by: Barry Douglas Morse | Feb 12, 2020 09:49

The CDC estimated Friday that 22 million Americans have gotten the flu this season, 210,000 have been hospitalized because of it, and 12,000 have died. That includes 78 children.


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