Flu cases in Kentucky are on the rise; state has reported three flu deaths, one of them a dual infection of the flu and Covid-19
Kentucky Department for Public Health graph
By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News
Covid-19 cases are on the wane across Kentucky, but influenza cases are on the rise and one person has been reported as dying from a co-infection of both.
The state Department for Public Health reports that in the week ended April 2, Kentucky had 613 new confirmed cases of flu, up from 334 the previous week. The week before that, 303 cases were reported, after a month with fewer than 174 cases per week. The state has recorded 4,478 cases this season and three flu-related adult deaths. One of those was attributed to a dual flu/Covid-19 coinfection.
Kentucky is follow a national trend of an increase in flu activity. Most of the increases have been seen in central and south-central regions of the country and they are increasing in the Northeast, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC says, “An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against flu. Vaccination can prevent serious outcomes in people who get vaccinated but still get sick.”
“Please remember that lab-confirmed cases only reflect a small percentage of flu cases actually in Lexington,” says the news release. “Many providers use rapid testing, which is not required to be reported to your state/local health departments.”