Friday, January 18, 2013
Flu cases at Eagan High School peaked last Friday, when roughly 1 percent of the school population was absent or dismissed because of the sickness.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Eagan High School has certainly felt the effects of the flu epidemic, according to licensed school nurse Kathleen Hook. Flu cases at the high school peaked last Friday, Hook said, when roughly 1 percent of the student population at the high school was either absent or dismissed from attendance because of the flu. To put that into perspective, the Minnesota Department of Health considers it statistically significant when 5 percent of a school's student population is absent from the flu, Hook said. While the number of flu cases has declined considerably since the peak, many of the cases Hook has seen over the past several weeks have been …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
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Friday, January 11, 2013
More than 1,100 hospitalized; Minnesota Department of Health urges precautions.
This flu season is proving brutal in Minnesota, with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) now reporting 27 deaths in the state, including 23 that officials have been able to confirm as flu-related since Dec. 30. Since the start of the influenza season, 1,121 people have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, according to the MDH reports for the 2012–2013 season. That number includes 401 hospitalizations for the week ending Jan. 5. Dakota County is no exception; Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville is reporting a shortage of available beds due to severe cases of the flu, and the Eagan Urgency Room is also seeing a significant influx of flu patients. MDH officials say the number of those hospitalized throughout the …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Hospital officials report that a surge in flu patients has left the medical center in Burnsville with few empty beds.
Follow Eagan Patch on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter | Blog for us Space is scarce at Fairview Ridges, where a mounting flu epidemic is filling hospital beds in the emergency room, and the high volume of flu patients could continue unabated until early spring, officials say. The 150-bed hospital is a regional hub for the south metro, which is in the throes of the worst flu season in years. "We have been at or near our bed capacity for a few weeks now, since the flu surge started around Christmas and it's continued," said Carol Koeppel-Olson, an RN and the vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Fairview Ridges. "I don't think we have peaked yet." All but a handful of U.S. …