Health Board briefed on flu

Staff Writer

Flu season has finally come to Ohio, and the Auglaize County Board of Health is doing its part to help fight potential outbreaks.

During the Board's regular meeting on Thursday, Auglaize County Health Department Director of Nursing, Brenda Eiting, RN, briefed members on the state's status.

Using information provided from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Eiting informed the board that flu related hospitalizations have have tripled compared to this point last year.

Ohio has been elevated to 'regional' status, meaning there have been "outbreaks of influenza or increases of influenza in at least two, but less than half of the regions in the state," according to Eiting.

Grand Lake Health System has also reported an increase in influenza cases compared to last year. In December alone, they have received 10 positive cases of influenza as opposed to just two in December of 2016.

Eiting also expressed the importance of trying to combat the rising tide of positive cases.

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