ADH: No new flu deaths reported, school absentee rate rises

ADH: No new flu deaths reported, school absentee rate rises

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Health has seen 343 positive flu tests and 4 cumulative flu deaths have been reported since the 2020 season began on Sept. 27.

The ADH noted that the average school absentee rate was about 6.6% in public schools, up from 5.9% the previous week.

According to the ADH website, the Nov. 24 report showed Arkansas had a “minimal” illness rate in the influenza-like-illness activity level for the week ending Nov. 21.

Of the flu cases reported for the week ending Nov. 21, 52% were influenza A and 48% were influenza B. Only 1.2% of emergency room visits this week were for the flu, while about 1% of outpatient visits were ILI or ILINet sentinel providers.

Last month, a PCR test confirmed the state’s first death of a person 65 years of age or older. It did not provide what county the patient died in.

No nursing homes have reported influenza outbreaks so far this season.

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