Influenza activity is increasing in Monterey County. Mercy Hospital and Mercy Hospital-Unity Campus implemented visitor restrictions on December 28 due to a high volume of patients with flu-like symptoms in their emergency departments.
Reports of flu are now widespread throughout the state, according to the California Department of Public Health. Darker shaded areas indicate higher concentrations.
This week, WebMD ranked Kansas City No. 5 on its cold and flu map, indicating that the risk of getting a cold or flu in both Kansas and Missouri is severe.
Memorial Hospital is recommending anyone with fever, cough or sore throat refrain from visiting patients. Symptomatic visitors that wish to enter a patient room are required to wear a mask.
The release also tells medical providers that "Physicians should prioritize influenza as a possible diagnosis for ill patients when treating them".
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San Diego County's Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,227 new flu cases last week compared to a total of 563 lab-confirmed flu cases the week before, almost four-times the amount of cases. The victim was an 83-year-old New Castle County woman living in a nursing home.
The health department will be giving vaccinations at the Long Beach Martin Luther King Jr. Only immediate family are allowed to visit patients sick with the flu.
The next highest rates were shown in southern Des Plaines, Rosemont, eastern parts of Elk Grove Village, western parts of Mount Prospect, parts of Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights and Winnetka. That's up from 84 cases reported during the previous week.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 children in the USA have died this year from complications from the flu.
In response to the flu spike, Allina Health will implement system-wide visitor restrictions, effective Tuesday, Jan. 2.