High levels of the flu being found throughout Jackson County


MEDFORD, Ore.- High levels of the flu are being found throughout Jackson County.

According to a report from Jackson County Health & Human Services, Southern Oregon has the highest flu test positivity rate in the state. It says all over Jackson County, emergency department visits for Influenza-like symptoms have increased. Valley Immediate Care CEO Brent Kell says this is only the beginning.

“It’s kind of a double-whammy for us because now we’re seeing a 30% increase in patient numbers but also a 30% decrease in our staff because our staff gets ill as well,” Kell said, “It’s always a challenging time for us”.

While Kell said it’s a bit too early to tell for certain, they’re expecting a pretty severe flu season. Kell tells us flu season isn’t just something to wave off, as it can be fatal, especially to the elderly. Jackson County Health & Human Services advises people to get their flu shot, stay home if they feel sick, and take preventive actions such as disinfecting surfaces and washing your hands often.

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NBC5 News Reporter Lauren Pretto grew up in Livermore, California and attended University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating with a double major in Film/Digital Media and Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. Lauren is a lover of books, especially Agatha Christie and Gothic novels. When her nose isn't buried in a book, she knits, bakes, and writes.
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