Georgia’s flu season finally seems to be winding down.
The intensity indicator for flu cases in the state was low – 4 on a scale of 1-10 – according to the latest report issued by the Georgia Department of Public Health. This season, the state spent weeks at the high end of the scale.
Those weeks have taken their toll on Georgians affected by the flu. So far this season, there have been 35 confirmed flu-related deaths across the state, along with more than 1,500 hospitalizations in the eight-county metro Atlanta area attributed to the flu.
Despite the decline, health officials say numbers may continue to rise because of the lag between reports and confirmation.
“We may continue to see the number of deaths increase while flu is declining because of the delay in reports and the time needed to confirm flu-related deaths,” said Hayla Folden of District 4 Public Health, which includes Coweta County.