Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flu Claims Two More in County

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Flu Claims Two More in County

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The flu claimed the lives of two more people last week in Allegheny County, bringing the total deaths to five.

The county health department Monday confirmed that the two most recent residents who died of complications of the flu both had underlying medical conditions. One victim was a man in his upper-80s; the other was a woman in her upper-60s.

The county's cumulative number of deaths as of this point last year - Jan. 20 - was also five, although the number of people with confirmed flu for the county is far ahead of last year: it is now 4,038; last year, there were 2,025 cases.

Hospitalizations in the county due to the flu as of Jan. 20 are up as well, with 340 people hospitalized this season, compared with 190 at this point last season.

Allegheny has surpassed all other counties in Pennsylvania. As of Jan. 13, the county had a total of 2,982 confirmed cases, according to the state Department of Health, which will update its flu statistics Tuesday. …

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