Flu cases are up locally compared with the same time last year. Ottawa Public Health officials say that’s because this flu season got underway a lot earlier. As of this week, 470 flu cases had been reported to Ottawa Public Health. At this point last season, there were 309. There have been five deaths reported among lab-confirmed flu cases in Ottawa so far this season. Last season saw six deaths and 504 cases in total.
While this flu season appears to have peaked already with fewer and fewer cases reported, OPH officials warn that this year’s flu can still be particularly hard-hitting on the senior population. There have been quite a few outbreaks in long-term care facilities.
As usual, people should continue to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of flu. Hand washing is very important, as well as making sure that our high-touch surfaces like cellphones and doorknobs stay clean. Also, if you are ill, stay home. (local files)