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ADH: No new flu deaths reported, school absentee rate rises



Arkansas – The Arkansas Department of Health has seen 392 positive flu tests, and 4 cumulative flu deaths have been reported since the 2020 season began on Sept. 27.

The ADH noted that the average school absentee rate was about 7.2% in public schools, up from 6.8% the previous week. They said that many schools did not report

According to the ADH website, the Dec. 1 report showed Arkansas had a “minimal” illness rate in the influenza-like-illness activity level for the week ending Nov. 28.

Of the flu cases reported for the week ending Nov. 28, 52% were influenza A and 48% were influenza B. Only 1.1% of emergency room visits this week were for the flu, while about 1% of outpatient visits were ILI or ILINet sentinel providers.

Last month, a PCR test confirmed the state’s first death of a person 65 years of age or older. It did not provide what county the patient died in.

No nursing homes have reported influenza outbreaks so far this season.

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