2 flu deaths reported in Smith Co., over 230 others test positive for virus
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
Two Smith County health systems have released the number of flu-related deaths reported last week and the number of patients who have tested positive for the virus.
According to a representative from Trinity Mother Frances hospital and clinics, one person died last week from an unknown strain of the flu virus. Nine patients were admitted to their hospital with the flu and 57 others tested positive for the virus. Of those, 98.6 percent had influenza type A and not H1N1.
East Texas Medical Center revealed Thursday morning that one person has died from the flu. The hospital also released information regarding the number of patients in Tyler they have had who tested positive for the flu.
According to Rebecca Berkley at East Texas Medical Center, one patient died after testing positive for the flu and 42 others were diagnosed with the virus during the week of December 30 alone. It is unknown what strain of flu is responsible for the death.
During the week of December 22, 59 patients tested positive for the flu, including one who tested positive for H1N1. Forty-six patients produced positive results when tested for the flu during the week of December 15 and 20 tested positive during the week of December 8.
In total, Smith County is now reporting two flu deaths and over 230 positive cases of the virus.
On Tuesday, a Gregg County justice of the peace confirmed that there have been at least five flu related deaths in Gregg County this flu season. A representative of Longview Regional Medical Center says that since January 1, that facility has seen over 100 patients with flu-like symptoms, and they have treated over 100 patients at their urgent care clinics, as well.