2 Additional Flu Deaths Reported In Allegheny County

That brings the county total to 3 and the state-wide total to 24

Andrew Limberg
January 15, 2020 - 12:42 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Two more people have died locally as a result of the flu.

The Allegheny County Health Department confirmed Wednesday that a county resident in his 70s and another in their 40s have died as a result of influenza.

Both had underlying medical issues.

The total number of people who have died locally because of the flu this season is three.

The first person that died was older and had health issues.

There have been a total of 6,145 flu cases reported in Allegheny County this season but the number of cases is starting to decrease.

“We’ve seen a decline in reported flu cases each week over the past few weeks but we cannot predict if this trend will continue,” said ACHD Epidemiologist Dr. Kristen Mertz.

Across the state, 32,322 cases have been reported with 24 deaths.

Allegheny County has the most cases by a large margin.

Montgomery County is second with 2,004 cases.

“It's never too late to get a flu shot and you should get your flu vaccination as soon as possible if you haven't already done so,” added Dr. Mertz. “Residents can also help stop the spread of flu germs by washing their hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into their elbow or shoulder and not their hands and staying at home if they are sick.”

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