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Flu cases surging here in the past week

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

The flu is taking its toll on this area with 264 new cases reported in Calhoun and Liberty County in the past week, according to Calhoun-Liberty Health Department R.N. Supervisor Joanna Peacock.

Two hundred cases were reported by Calhoun Liberty Hospital while an additional 64 were diagnosed at Calhoun Liberty Hospital Primary Care, she said.

The person who keeps track of the spread of this year’s particularly virulent H1N1 and H3 strains of what is known as “Flu A” has also been hit with the illness.

Calhoun Liberty Health Department Director of Nursing Lisa Taylor responded to questions via text while she was home sick Tuesday. “We were averaging about 80 cases a week for January until this last week,” she wrote.

Both the Liberty Early Learning Center in Bristol and the preschool in Hosford were closed Friday and Monday so that the facilities could undergo cleaning and disinfecting, according to Peacock.

She said 15 people out of 30 at the preschool and 20 individuals out of 120 at the learning center had influenza-like symptoms, although they are not sure how many, if any, were flu-positive. Those numbers include students as well as staff.

“The flu is at a steady increase at this point,” Peacock noted Tuesday.  “It’s increasing in all regions of Florida,” she said.

Anyone who has not had a flu shot is urged to get one immediately.

Flu shots are available at both health departments and are free for children.  The cost may vary for adults, who are urged to contact the health department for pricing.

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February 2nd, 2018

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