Flu deaths continue to climb in latest Arkansas Department of Health report

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting additional flu deaths in its most recent weekly report.

Two additional flu patient deaths occurred in Arkansas for the week ending Jan. 13. The ADH weekly report classed Arkansas as having a high flu activity rate, 10 on a 13-point scale, compared to classifying it as very high for the last week of 2023 with 11 on the scale.

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With these additions, Arkansas now has 20 flu patients who have died during the 2023-2024 flu season, which began Oct. 1, 2023. Twelve of these were in the 65 years and over age group.

The number of flu outbreaks in nursing homes or congregate settings is currently at seven, adding two more to the total for this flu season.

The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at least 14 million illnesses, 150,000 hospitalizations, and 9,400 deaths from flu so far this season.

The report had 90 patient deaths due to pneumonia for the week of Jan. 13.

The Jan. 13 report also showed eight COVID-19 patients who died during that week. This places the total number of Arkansas COVID-19 deaths since Jan. 1, 2023, at 657.

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ADH advises that flu vaccines are available at its local health units across the state. For locations, and further information on flu in Arkansas or to view weekly reports, go to HealthyArkansas.gov.

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