Flu continues its decline in state

Though flu activity is still widespread in the state, Connecticut’s Department of Public Health reports that it is continuing the downward trend it’s been on the past few weeks.

As of Saturday, Feb. 2, there have been a total of 4,230 confirmed flu cases in the state — more than quadruple the total number of cases Connecticut saw last season. But, just like the previous week, there’s been a drop in the percentage of emergency room and outpatient visits attributable to flu or flu-like illness.

The most recent flu report from the state shows that 8.4 percent of total emergency department visits were attributed to the “fever/flu syndrome.” The previous week, flu cases made up about 10 percent of ER visits. The percentage of outpatient visits by those with influenza-like illness was 3.3 percent in this most recent week — done a smidgen from the week before, when 3.4 percent of visits were by those with flu-like illness.

Even though it appears to be declining, this has been a significant flu season, with a total number of 1,654 people hospitalized with flu and a total of 27 flu-associated deaths. Most of those deaths were in individual grater than 65 years of age.

Amanda Cuda