Record number of flu-related deaths in Oklahoma now 238

Posted at 11:19 AM, Mar 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-15 12:32:44-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The record number of deaths in Oklahoma this flu season increased by one during the past week.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that 238 people have died due to the flu since Sept. 1, up from 237 a week ago.

The agency says a record number of more than 4,400 residents have been hospitalized with the illness.

The number of deaths and hospitalizations surpass any flu season in Oklahoma since the department began tracking the illness in 2009. The previous record of 130 deaths was set last year.

The department reports the greatest number of flu-related deaths, 167, is among people aged 65 or older.

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