JPMC official: 71 diagnosed with flu, 2 hospitalized

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JPMC official: 71 diagnosed with flu, 2 hospitalized

There have been 71 positive identifications of the flu since mid-December but just two hospital admissions related to flu cases at Jane Phillips Medical Center, according to an official.

“Young adults in their twenties and thirties comprise the bulk of those with the flu,” Bluestem Medical Foundation Executive Director Mike Wilt reported Tuesday.

Statewide numbers reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health show a large number of cases among the 18-49 age range, as well as similar numbers among older adults.

As of Jan. 14, there were four deaths and 104 hospitalizations in the 18-49 age range, four deaths and 119 hospitalizations in the 50-64 age range and three deaths and 112 hospitalizations in the 65 and older age range. Reports for younger age ranges show one death and 52 hospitalizations for ages 0-4 and 12 hospitalizations in the 5-7 age range.

Wilt said that for roughly the past three weeks, JPMC’s bed availability has been near or at capacity but the influx in patients is not related to local flu cases.

“Everyone who has come to us has been treated here,” Wilt said. “Bed availability is affected by both patient volume and patient flow — the timing of admissions and discharges.”

The total number of hospitalizations and/or deaths since the flu season began in September 2013 was at 399 and deaths attributed to the flu totaled 12, as of Jan. 14.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is reporting that the predominate strain of flu is influenza A 2009 (H1N1).