Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting below normal readings, the flu level in Virginia has been elevated to widespread in the past week due to the number of outbreaks in each health district.
The Commonwealth has had five weeks of widespread activity following the beginning of data collection in the official flu season months that run from October to May using lab and outbreak reports and information provided by urgent care facilities and emergency rooms.
In neighboring Tennessee, the flu status has dropped from widespread to low, according to CDC figures released Tuesday. More than 300 cases per week was the average during the month of January, CDC data showed.
Other flu facts:
Between 6 and 7 million people have been diagnosed with the flu in the 2018-19 flu season
More than 80,000 people have been hospitalized with the flu
So far this season, H1N1 viruses have predominated nationally, however in the southeast, H3N2 viruses have been most commonly reported
Flu widespread status has increased from 24 to 30 states in one week
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