Flu climbs in Oklahoma; 9 deaths this week

Vicky O. Misa

Flu season keeps amping up as officials report 344 new flu-related hospitalizations — plus nine more deaths —added to the tally this week, bringing the total to 2,314 for the season so far. Last week's report noted 282 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 that figure sits at 42 for the count that began the first of September.

In Oklahoma this week the number of flu-related deaths took another big jump — by nine, bringing the total to 45 so far.

According to Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Flu View, the dozens of Oklahomans who have died of flu-related causes have been spread out across the state: two in the northwest region; six (three new) in the northeast region; five (one new) in the east central region; three in the central region (one new); four in the southwest region; five in the southeast region; 10 (one new) in Oklahoma County; and 10 (three new) in Tulsa County.

Of the victims, 19 (two new) have been reported as older than 65; 17 (six new) were between 50 and 64 years old; seven (one new) were between 18 and 49 years old; one 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 312 total cases — up 43 from 269 reported last week;

• Northwest Region — now at 73 total cases — up 10 from 63 reported last week;

• Northeast Region — now at 247 total cases — up 37 from 210 reported last week;

• East Central Region — now at 339 total cases — up 57 from 282 reported last week;

• Southeast Region — now at 148 total cases — up 28 from 120 reported last week;

• Southwest Region — now at 243 total cases — up 36 from 207 reported last week;

• Tulsa County— now at 576 total cases — up 80 from 496 reported last week; and

• Oklahoma County — now at 376 total cases — up 53 from 323 reported last week