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Health department releases weekly flu numbers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Last week's flu numbers have been released by the Health Department. Officials reported 3,683 flu cases during week four, which is down from week three's 6,068.

The Health Department needed to adjust the numbers during week three—originally thought to be the start of a decreasing trend—due to delayed reporting.

York and Lancaster counties continue to be the hardest hit local areas. Since Oct. 2 Lancaster has had 1,402 cases of the flu, and York has had 873.

Officials have reported 27 flu-related deaths last week, including one death a child under the age of 18. In total, 102 flu-related deaths have been reported this season. The vast majority of these deaths—87 percent—are among the elderly, ages 65 or older.

The Health Department says that current flu activity is definitely on the decline, but it is still above average for this time of year.

Hospitalizations have leveled off and continue to be comprised mostly of elderly patients.

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