There Are A Few Promising Signs Flu Season Is Starting To Wane, But Death Toll Continues To Mount
But even though there's been a drop in total cases from previous weeks, it's still well over last year's totals.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Flu-Related Deaths Hit Record-High 142 As Epidemic Surges In San Diego County
Despite welcome signs that flu activity in the community may be waning, deaths continue to mount in San Diego County, according to the latest weekly snapshot from the county health department. Public health officials announced Wednesday that there were 51 flu-related deaths last week, pushing the season total to 142. Most of those who have died during this influenza season have been age 65 or older, and 90 percent have had other illnesses that have contributed to their deaths. (Sisson, 1/17)
Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
Tests Indicate Flu Season Has Peaked In Sonoma County
As much of California grapples with the worst flu season since the 2009 swine flu pandemic, local experts say their testing suggests the spread of the virus may have peaked in Sonoma County. Public health officials are still warning that the flu will continue to spread in the coming weeks. “Even if we have peaked, many, many more people will still become ill with the flu this season and should take steps to protect themselves,” said Karen Holbrook, the county’s deputy health officer. (Espinoza, 1/17)