LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky Department for Public Health's most recent influenza statistics show a spike in flu-related deaths.
The health department's numbers for week 9 (Feb. 25 - Mar. 3) flu stats say there were 648 lab-confirmed cases of influenza. This is down 765 from the previous week's total, and it is the third straight week the state has seen a decrease in cases.
One trend has hit a season high, as 33 people died in week 9. This is 20 more than the 13 reported in week 8. This is the largest number of deaths recorded in one week, as the previous high was 30 from Feb. 4-10.
The health department says the Lexington flu death toll increased to 17 after another person died from the virus.
Kentucky is now calling its flu outbreak regional instead of widespread, as only certain areas of the state are now seeing increased flu activity.
Kentucky has seen 8,715 lab-confirmed flu cases while 197 have tied as a result of the virus.