Latest Minnesota Flu Numbers 01 Feb 13

Health officials say the worst of the flu season appears to be over in Minnesota. The number of flu-related hospitalizations and outbreaks has dropped for the third week in a row, leading officials to say that the illness has peaked in Minnesota. There were a total of 135 hospitalizations across the state last week, compared with 628 just three weeks before. Schools reported 36 outbreaks, compared with 112 the previous week. Locally, there was 1 school reporting an outbreak in Sibley County last week, and 4 schools in Martin County. Flu deaths, however, were up. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed 36 deaths last week. There have now been 112 total deaths in Minnesota during this flu season, and over 2,300 hospitalizations.