Ohio Flu Hospitalizations Reach Highest Number This Season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio health officials say flu hospitalizations reached their highest number for the 2019-2020 season.

The Ohio Department of Health said Friday 832 people were hospitalized between Jan. 26 and Feb. 1, a 36% percent increase from the previous week.

Health Director Dr. Amy Acton says the spike in hospitalizations is “deeply concerning.”

Health officials say an 11-year-old girl from Lake County earlier this week became the state’s second pediatric flu death this season. A 16-year-old girl from Cuyahoga County was the first. The state doesn’t track adult flu-related deaths.

There have been nearly 4,500 flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio this season.