As a result of a reporting drawback at some space pressing care facilities, the Jefferson County Well being Division has not been receiving correct info on the present flu season, mentioned Sara Wilton, an epidemiologist with the Division of Well being.
He mentioned the Well being Division has not obtained the flu knowledge it wants since Nov. 21 and, consequently, has not issued a flu report since.
“We have had some instances from a few of our different suppliers throughout the world, however the ones that we’ve some reporting points with are literally a few our high reporters,” Wilton mentioned.
In line with the November Well being Division report, there had been 80 instances of flu within the county at the moment.
On Monday, Wilton mentioned he did not suppose there had been many extra instances since then and estimated a complete of 90 instances within the county to date.
He additionally mentioned he had not heard of flu-related deaths or outbreaks this season, which started in October and ends in Could.
Wilton mentioned a few of the pressing care areas have undergone a change in possession, which is one motive the Well being Division has not obtained up to date knowledge on influenza.
She mentioned the COVID-19 pandemic has additionally had an impact.
“Due to COVID, their priorities could possibly be on different issues,” he mentioned. “If it have been every other yr and we had this problem, this could possibly be raised to primary precedence, however due to all the things else occurring with COVID, it may not be your primary precedence proper now.”
Wilton mentioned he hopes the reporting problem can be cleared up quickly.
“I’m optimistic that we’ll repair all the things within the subsequent two weeks,” he mentioned. “We will certainly publish a kind of reviews as quickly as we resolve the difficulty.”
Wilton mentioned he believes Jefferson County has not seen the height of the flu season, which is able to possible happen in late January or early February.
Through the 2019-2020 flu season, the Division of Well being reported 67 flu instances as of November 23, 2019 and 183 instances as of January four, 2020.
Final yr’s flu season ended up being the second-highest on report in Jefferson County, with a complete of two,932 instances, 4 flu-related deaths, and one outbreak in a long-term care facility.
The worst season on report was the 2017-2018 season, with three,982 instances and 16 deaths, in keeping with the Well being Division.
As of December 26, the Missouri Division of Well being and Senior Providers reported a complete of 681 instances within the state and there have been no flu-related deaths or outbreaks.
The Well being Division provides flu photographs and anybody can name 636-797-4631.