More Pennsylvanians are coming down with the flu. That’s according to the State Health Department which now says, as of December 29, the virus is widespread across the commonwealth.
The term widespread doesn’t indicate how severe the flu season is. Instead, it means that much of Pennsylvania is experiencing flu activity. Outbreaks of the virus or increases in the number of flu-like illnesses are occurring in at least half of the regions of the state.
So far, this flu season eight Pennsylvanians have died of complications related to the virus–none of them children.
At Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, the emergency room has seen a slow and steady increase in the flu, rather than a huge influx at any one time. The four hospitals in the Penn Highlands group–DuBois, Clearfield, Elk, and Brookville–have seen a definite uptick in flu cases in the past two weeks.