CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The
reports three influenza-related deaths occurred between Dec. 7 and Dec. 13.
According to the department, the residents were senior citizens from Brecksville, Cleveland and Shaker Heights respectively.
Cuyahoga County health officials say this has already started to be a busy flu season. Over the past three weeks, there have been 309 flu-related hospital admissions, which is 162 percent higher than last year, a total of 191 more cases. The previous five-year average for this year is 40 hospitalizations.
A total of 429 people visited hospital emergency rooms for flu and flu-like symptoms. Officials say that is the highest number in five years and 154 percent higher than last year.
Officials also say the number of doctor visits due to influenza-like illnesses has nearly tripled over the past few weeks.
-Moderate to high fever
-Loss of appetite