North Carolina flu deaths increase by 30, hospitalizations drop

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – North Carolina’s flu death toll rose by 30, including seven since last Wednesday bringing the season total to 176 according to data released weekly from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

The seven deaths this week were all adults, keeping the number of child deaths so far this season at seven.

According to NCDHHS people who are over 65 years of age accounted for roughly two out of every five people who have died from the flu so far this season.

This week’s report showed a downward trend in flu hospitalizations, down 39% from last week to 305 people in the hospital.

COVID-19 hospitalizations also showed a decrease this week dropping by 20% to 717 people in the hospital.