State flu deaths jump by 7 in week

Vicky O. Misa

Flu season continues takes its toll with 257 new flu-related hospitalizations and seven more deaths added to the tally this week — bringing the total to 1,688 for the season so far. Last week's report noted 239 new flu-related hospitalizations across the state.

Pottawatomie County did not see any flu-related hospitalizations until December, but over the weeks that figure has slowly ticked up, now sitting at 28 for the count that began the first of September.

In Oklahoma this week the number of flu-related deaths took its biggest jump of the season — by seven, bringing the total to 30 so far.

According to Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Flu View, the 30 Oklahomans who have died of flu-related causes have been spread out across the state: two in the northwest region; two (one new) in the northeast region; three (two new) in the east central region; two in the central region; four (one new) in the southwest region; five (one new) in the southeast region; seven (one new) in Oklahoma County; and five (one new) in Tulsa County.

Of the victims, 12 (three new) have been reported as older than 65; 10 (two new) were between 50 and 64 years old; six (one new) were between 18 and 49 years old; one (new) was between 5 and 17 years old; and the remaining one was 4 years old or younger.

So far this season

The flu-related hospitalizations and/or deaths reported this season are from all over the state:

• Central Region — now at 229 total cases — up 38 from 191 reported last week;

• Northwest Region — now at 59 total cases — up five from 54 reported last week;

• Northeast Region — now at 172 total cases — up 25 from 147 reported last week;

• East Central Region — now at 235 total cases — up 39 from 196 reported last week;

• Southeast Region — now at 104 total cases — up 13 from 91 reported last week;

• Southwest Region — now at 173 total cases — up 25 from 148 reported last week;

• Tulsa County— now at 451 total cases — up 76 from 375 reported last week; and

• Oklahoma County — now at 265 total cases — up 36 from 229 reported last week