Fewer Minnesotans are getting sick with the flu. The CDC downgraded the flu in Minnesota from widespread to regional on Thursday. The Minnesota Department of Health says 21 people were hospitalized with the flu this week. There were 80 last week.
While influenza is widespread in the state, some doctors say they’re seeing people coming in with other respiratory problems.
A fourth child has died from influenza in Minnesota since late September, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The flu still remains widespread throughout the state, although hospitalizations and school outbreaks were significantly lower than last week.
The highest number of flu cases are typically seen in January, after the holidays.
The Minnesota Department of Health is expected to release their newest flu report later Wednesday. According to the most recently released numbers from last week, the health department says 543 school outbreaks have been reported this season.
A third Minnesotan under the age of 18 has died of the flu. The Minnesota Department of Health officials confirmed the death Wednesday. It’s the third pediatric death since flu season began.
fter an awful start to the flu season, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) now reports the state is on track to experience one of its worst years for norovirus.
State health officials say they can’t remember the last time Minnesota has had such an early widespread flu.
Minnesota is experiencing the worst flu outbreak in four years. Hundreds of schools across the state have been affected and now doctors and nurses are getting sick, too. Hospitals have admitted more than 300 Minnesotans with the flu this season. Sixty of the cases happened just in the last week. There were 22 cases in the same week in 2013.
Minnesota health officials are reporting a surge in flu outbreaks at schools and long-term care facilities. Through the end of last week, 203 new schools reported outbreaks, compared with 19 the previous week.
The number of Minnesota schools suffering from flu outbreaks shot up dramatically this week. Last week, only 19 schools reported new outbreaks. This week, that number spiked to 203. The Minnesota Department of Health also said Thursday that two children have now died from the flu in Minnesota. And more than 300 people have gotten so sick they had to stay in the hospital.
This year’s flu vaccine isn’t a good match for this year’s most common strains of influenza. According to the Centers for Disease Control, only 48 percent of flu virus samples taken through last month were closely related to this year’s North American vaccine.
A Mendota Heights school will close two days before its winter break due to an outbreak of the flu. Convent of the Visitation School said its Lower School has closed for Thursday and Friday due to an outbreak of “influenza-like illnesses.”
An early start to the flu season has claimed its latest victim: collegiate hockey. Minnesota State University-Mankato cancelled its Saturday home game against Princeton because several players are out with the flu. The game will be recorded as “no contest” and not a forfeit because it was cancelled due to illness.
Minnesota is dealing with a widespread flu outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health reports the outbreak started in southern Minnesota, but now they are seeing an increase in cases in central Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area. Hennepin County Medical Center officials say its doctors are treating 25 out of about 165 patients hospitalized for flu in the state.