After many weeks in decline, flu indicators in the state rose for the fourth week in a row, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health. However, the DPH reports, flu activity is still well below the peak it hit in January.
Flu statistics for the week ending Saturday, March 23, showed that the number of hospitalized patients with laboratory-confirmed flu had increased, as had the percent of state wide emergency department visits attributed to fever/flu syndrome. However, after some slight increases in previous weeks, two other key indicators — the percentage of outpatient visits with influenza-like illness and the number of statewide hospital admissions due to “pneumonia syndrome” — had fallen.
This season, there have been a total of 6,968 positive influenza reports, according to the more recent DPH data. That’s a huge increase over the roughly 1,000 cases seen all of last season.
There have also been 33 influenza-associated deaths this season, most of them in people aged 65 years or older.
All flu surveillance data are considered preliminary until the end of flu season, which is typically in late May.