The number of child deaths and the hospitalization rate for youngsters are the highest seen at this point in any season since the severe flu outbreak of 2009-10, health officials said Friday. And the wave is expected to keep going for weeks.
“We are still holding our own, and I think based on the fact we were in the 80s last week, it (the day off) did help.” — director of schools Matt Hixson
Director of schools Matt Hixson said school administrators have asked custodial staff to continue to clean thoroughly, and for teachers to remind students to wash hands frequently and to cover their mouths and noses when sneezing or coughing.
Widespread in nearly every part of the continental United States, the flu season has reached “epidemic levels” in the Tri-Cities region, according to Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine.
Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System reported Friday they have increased visitation restrictions at all their hospitals due to the severity of this year’s flu season.