ARKANSAS, USA — According to the Arkansas Department of Health, four more Arkansans have died due to flu-related complications this week.

This brings the death toll to 27 this flu season in Arkansas; one was a pediatric death.

Since September 29, 2019, 10,700 positive influenza tests have been reported to the ADH online database by health care providers, with over 1,400 positive tests reported this week.

The ADH reports “widespread” flu activity across the state with “high” intensity. Among the flu tests this season, 47% we distinguished as influenza A while 53% were influenza B.

The average school absenteeism rate last week was 6.2% among public schools, according to the ADH. 

As of January 21, 2020, the ADH is aware that two schools closed briefly due to the flu this season.

The CDC estimates a total of 6,600 flu deaths have occurred nationwide, including 39 pediatric deaths reported this season.

To date, four facilities, including two nursing homes in Arkansas have reported an influenza outbreak.

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