Kent Co. Health Dept.: Uptick in flu cases

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — There was a sharp increase in the number of flu cases in Kent County this week.

So far this season, there have been 74 confirmed cases of the flu reported to the Kent County Health Department. Last week, the total number of cases was 40.

“We’ve really seen an uptick in flu cases and flu-like illness over the past week here,” Kent County epidemiologist Brian Hartl said.

Hartl said the health department knows that last week, 10.3% of all admissions to the emergency rooms at area hospitals were due to flu or flu-like symptoms. That’s up from 7.7% the week before. Hartl said that number is well above last year’s peak at this time.

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