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Flu Deaths Rise To 52, Hospitals Seeing Fewer Flu Patients

The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed Monday 52 people have died from the flu, even as flu activity appears to be going down.

The number of people in Indiana who have died from the flu rose to 52 Monday, up five from last week. But health officials say flu activity is on the decline.

IU Health Bloomington and urgent care centers are seeing a significant decrease in their flu patients. Spokesperson Amanda Roach says several weeks ago the staff was seeing about 30 patients per day. That has now decreased to about 10.

“This is how the flu season goes. It usually ramps up and peaks at a point and then declines, and I think we’re in that decline stage right now,” she says.

Several other hospitals, including all hospitals in Indianapolis, have lifted visitor restrictions. But Roach says the visitor restriction policy is still in place for IU Health Bloomington and is being reviewed weekly.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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