Flu-related illness claimed the life of another resident over 65 in Oklahoma this week.

Flu-related illness claimed the life of another resident over 65 in Oklahoma this week.

Until last week, cases across the state this year had been trickling in gradually. A significant jump last week brought the previous total (96) up to 141. Thursday's report adds another 27 hospitalizations to the count — one of six cases from the northwest region reportedly died. This week's death brings the total to four in the state this season.

In the Northwest Region are 18 counties, but only six cases have been reported in that region so far; the death was from one of the three counties this week showing cases — Blaine (4); Alfalfa (1); and Custer (1). Up from five last week, the northwest's tally added only one case this week — in Custer County: its first case of the season.

Two deaths were reported last week, and the first one was in Tulsa at the end of October — a resident older than 65. Last week's two deaths were from the northeast region and the east central region — one older than 65 and one between 50 and 64 years old.

According to Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Flu View reports last week, Pottawatomie County confirmed its first two flu-related hospitalizations of the season — that number did not change this week.

New cases

Of the 27 new cases reported, they are from all over the state:

• Central — two new cases — Canadian County (1) and Cleveland County (1);

• Northwest — one new case, in Custer County;

• Northeast — five news cases — Payne County (1), Rogers County (1), Mayes County (1) and Ottawa County (2);

• Southwest — two new cases — Jackson County (1) and Stephens County (1);

• East Central — five new cases — Creek (1), Muskogee (2) and Wagoner (2);

• Southeast — one new case, in Hughes County;

• Tulsa — 8 new cases

• Oklahoma City — 3 new cases