according to the Oregon Health Authority. That’s a nearly 400% increase from the week before.
It follows an Oregon child’s death from the flu in mid-December.
People around the state are getting the flu, and hospitalizations have steadily increased since flu season began, with a greater percentage of emergency room visits due to the flu and its symptoms.
The Oregon Health Authority now considers the state to be near the top of the scale for flu infections and hospitalizations. Oregon and Washington are the only states with that level of flu activity on the West Coast.