Pinal County has continued to receive reports of historically high numbers of influenza cases in the community. So far, Pinal County has more than 1,000 cases reported this season, more than last year. Currently there are eight recorded deaths related to flu. The deaths are concentrated in members of the public over 50 years of age.
The Arizona Department of Health Services announced today that influenza activity is now widespread in Arizona.
Pinal County has also identified this recent trend upward in flu activity. As of December 20th, the Pinal County Public Health Department has confirmed 244 cases of influenza compared to 14 at this time last year. Pinal County also identified its first influenza related death of the season this week, an elderly resident of the county that passed away after being admitted to a local hospital.