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Influenza cases still climbing, first death reported in Sask.

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Saskatchewan is still seeing an increase in flu cases, according to the Department of Health.

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Saskatchewan reported its first flu-related death this fall, and cases continue to surge faster than other respiratory viruses.

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According to the latest Community Respiratory Disease Surveillance Program report released by the Ministry of Health, individuals over the age of 50 have died from influenza.

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The report, published on November 24th, reflects the reporting period from November 6th to November 19th and shows that: While COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses have lagged behind, influenza infections are steadily increasing.

Influenza remains the prevalent respiratory virus, with the highest positive test rate of 34.2%. Influenza cases increased from 68 to 635 in four weeks, an increase of nearly 90% since the beginning of October, up from 192 cases reported on 10 November.

largely Half of these cases are in individuals under the age of 19, down from 61% reported two weeks ago.

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The Melfort region reports the highest influenza positivity rate of 88%. Regina and Saskatoon see 44.5% and 37% respectively.

The rhinovirus, or common cold, has leveled off.

whole The positive rate of COVID-19 tests has decreased from 9.9% previously to 7.2%. Omicron is still the most prevalent variant.

Saskatoon waste water level “The trajectory is declining” across the state, although it still reports the highest viral load in the state, the report said.

The North Battleford, Prince Albert, and Moose Jaw areas are marked as moderate in viral load, while the Regina, Yorkton, and Melville areas are moderate to high.

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In the past two weeks, emergency rooms have seen more patients with respiratory-related illnesses, with weekly visits more than doubling since the end of October. Calls to the 811 healthline are up, and hospitalizations are up.

Of those hospitalized with flu symptoms in the past two weeks, 37% were under the age of 19 and 40% were over the age of 60.

The total number of hospitalized patients is 102 with influenza and 140 with COVID-19 positive.

Flu vaccination coverage increased 4% from data provided by Public Health last week, with 19% of Saskatchewan residents receiving a flu shot this year.

COVID-19 boosters are still stagnant, with 46% of the population believed to have the latest vaccine.

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despite the announcement Created last week by Public Health, School refusal data were not included in this week’s report due to “data quality issues.”

The health ministry said students recorded tardiness as absent, which inflated the numbers and made the data inaccurate.

“Absence indicator information will be included in reports as soon as they are corrected,” the ministry said in a statement.

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